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Who's That Poet? Trivia Quiz


Can you identify these poets from their pictures? To help you, some clues about their life and works have been given as well.

A photo quiz by stedman. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
stedman
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
345,298
Updated
Oct 04 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
5185
Awards
Editor's Choice
Last 3 plays: Guest 172 (10/10), Guest 174 (10/10), Guest 71 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. This Victorian poet with his splendid side-whiskers is probably best known for his much-anthologised poem "Dover Beach", although "Thyrsis" and "The Scholar Gypsy" were also popular in their day. What is his name? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Born in 1757, this poet is equally important as an artist and engraver. His poetical works include "Songs of Innocence and Experience", "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and "Milton", all of which were first published with his own illustrations as an integral part of the text. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This dashing gent was as famous during his lifetime for his many love affairs as for his poetry. In between carrying on with a series of married women, he found time to write such works as "The Corsair", "Manfred", "Mazeppa", and the long narrative poem "Don Juan". He is George Gordon, Lord ... ?

Answer: (Five letters)
Question 4 of 10
4. This portrait by Alexander Nasmyth was painted in 1787, when its subject was in his late twenties. Generally regarded as Scotland's national poet, he is well known as the author of "Auld Lang Syne" as well as such poems as "To a Mouse", "Tam O'Shanter" and "Address to a Haggis". Who is he? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This fourteenth-century poet is shown here in a much later (seventeenth century) picture. If you don't recognise him as the author of "The Parlement of Foules", "The House of Fame" and "The Book of the Duchess", then mention of "The Canterbury Tales" should give away his identity. Who is he? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink." is a couplet from this writer's most famous poem. It first appeared in the 1798 book entitled "Lyrical Ballads", written jointly by him and his good friend William Wordsworth. What is the name of this poet, one of the founders of the "Romantic Movement" in English poetry? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. To show that not all poets writing in English are (a) English by birth and (b) male, this lady was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. Very few of her poems were published during her lifetime, and her first collection did not appear until 1890, four years after her death. Pictured here in a daguerreotype taken in around 1846/7, who is she? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. It may seem hard to believe from this rakish portrait of him as a young man in around 1595, but this poet became an Anglican clergyman and held the important post of Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Later categorised as a "metaphysical poet", his best known works include the "Holy Sonnets", including that beginning "Death be not proud". Who is he? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This eighteenth-century poet is so inextricably linked with his most popular work, the "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", that it is popularly known as "...'s Elegy". What is his name? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The career of this nineteenth-century poet was cut tragically short when he died of tuberculosis in 1821 at the age of only 25. He is best known for his odes, including "To Autumn", "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale". What is his name? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This Victorian poet with his splendid side-whiskers is probably best known for his much-anthologised poem "Dover Beach", although "Thyrsis" and "The Scholar Gypsy" were also popular in their day. What is his name?

Answer: Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold was born in Laleham, Middlesex in 1822, and died in Liverpool in 1888. His father was Thomas Arnold, the famous and influential headmaster of Rugby School from 1828-41. As well as poetry, Matthew wrote much literary and social criticism. His "day job" was as an Inspector of Schools.
2. Born in 1757, this poet is equally important as an artist and engraver. His poetical works include "Songs of Innocence and Experience", "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and "Milton", all of which were first published with his own illustrations as an integral part of the text.

Answer: William Blake

In his lifetime, Blake was regarded as little more than an eccentric if talented artist with somewhat unconventional political and religious views. His mystical and visionary works began to be recognised after his death in 1827 as enormously original and influential.

Many of his longer works are dense and impenetrable, although such shorter verses as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" (from "Songs of Innocence and Experience") are in many popular anthologies. And of course his poem "And did those feet in ancient time" is famous today in its musical setting as "Jerusalem" by Sir Hubert Parry.
3. This dashing gent was as famous during his lifetime for his many love affairs as for his poetry. In between carrying on with a series of married women, he found time to write such works as "The Corsair", "Manfred", "Mazeppa", and the long narrative poem "Don Juan". He is George Gordon, Lord ... ?

Answer: Byron

Byron (1788-1824) fell ill and died of a fever while fighting on the rebel side in the Greek War of Independence, and is even now regarded as a national hero in Greece. His epic poem "Don Juan", left unfinished at his death, reflects his own scandalous behaviour; it is also extremely entertaining.
4. This portrait by Alexander Nasmyth was painted in 1787, when its subject was in his late twenties. Generally regarded as Scotland's national poet, he is well known as the author of "Auld Lang Syne" as well as such poems as "To a Mouse", "Tam O'Shanter" and "Address to a Haggis". Who is he?

Answer: Robert Burns

The birthday of Robert Burns is celebrated by Scots the world over on January 25th. A traditional "Burns Supper" should include such features as the ceremonial "piping in" of a haggis, followed by a reading from Burns' "Address to a Haggis", which begins "Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, / Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!" and goes on in similar vein for eight verses.

The haggis is traditionally served with mashed "tatties and neeps" (potatoes and turnips). Those who find this all a bit much may prefer to blank it all out with as much whisky as they can get their hands on; this is also all very much part of the tradition.
5. This fourteenth-century poet is shown here in a much later (seventeenth century) picture. If you don't recognise him as the author of "The Parlement of Foules", "The House of Fame" and "The Book of the Duchess", then mention of "The Canterbury Tales" should give away his identity. Who is he?

Answer: Geoffrey Chaucer

"The Canterbury Tales" is a series of stories, told mostly in rhyming couplets although sometimes in prose, supposedly told by individual members of a group of pilgrims travelling to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The tales vary from serious moral stories to bawdy romps, and present a fascinating picture of Chaucer's society, often with a strong vein of irony.
6. "Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink." is a couplet from this writer's most famous poem. It first appeared in the 1798 book entitled "Lyrical Ballads", written jointly by him and his good friend William Wordsworth. What is the name of this poet, one of the founders of the "Romantic Movement" in English poetry?

Answer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The couplet is from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", which tells of the fearsome events that follow when the Mariner of the title shoots an albatross. Almost as well known is his poem "Kubla Khan", which opens with the lines "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree". Born in 1772, Coleridge died in London in 1834.
7. To show that not all poets writing in English are (a) English by birth and (b) male, this lady was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. Very few of her poems were published during her lifetime, and her first collection did not appear until 1890, four years after her death. Pictured here in a daguerreotype taken in around 1846/7, who is she?

Answer: Emily Dickinson

This picture is the only known adult likeness of Emily Dickinson, who spent most of her life in and around the town of her birth. She wrote around 1800 poems, most of which were only discovered after her death by her younger sister, Lavinia, locked away in a trunk. Fortunately, Lavinia recognised their quality, and bit by bit they were published.
8. It may seem hard to believe from this rakish portrait of him as a young man in around 1595, but this poet became an Anglican clergyman and held the important post of Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Later categorised as a "metaphysical poet", his best known works include the "Holy Sonnets", including that beginning "Death be not proud". Who is he?

Answer: John Donne

John Donne was actually born (in 1572) into a family of Roman Catholics - a form of Christianity which was illegal in England at that time. His early poetry deals with the conventional poetic subject of love and is notably sexual in content, in marked contrast to the more serious religious tone taken by his later works. Both are marked by an original and striking use of language, which manages to combine effective poetic imagery with a naturalness of tone that makes them easy to enjoy even for modern readers.
9. This eighteenth-century poet is so inextricably linked with his most popular work, the "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", that it is popularly known as "...'s Elegy". What is his name?

Answer: Thomas Gray

"Gray's Elegy" is generally thought to have been first sketched out in the graveyard of the Parish Church of Saint Giles in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, in 1742, although it was not published until 1751. Nothing else written by Thomas Gray (1716-1771) has reached anything like the same degree of fame, although his mock-heroic poem "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" often appears in anthologies of comic verse.
10. The career of this nineteenth-century poet was cut tragically short when he died of tuberculosis in 1821 at the age of only 25. He is best known for his odes, including "To Autumn", "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale". What is his name?

Answer: John Keats

Keats died in Rome, having travelled to Italy at the advice of his doctor in the hope that the warmer climate would aid his recovery. His early death means that his reputation rests on a small number of works, but their quality ensures his place as one of the finest English poets.

He fits almost to perfection the traditional picture of the young romantic hero who expires prematurely, his literary promise unfulfilled.
Source: Author stedman

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