Sunday, 31 August 2008

Quick Poetry Quiz

  1. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more... what?
  2. Whose poems about our furry friends are now a famous musical?
  3. Andrew... is the current UK poet laureate?
  4. Which poet wrote 'On his blindness'?
  5. 'District and Circle' is a collection by which well known poet?
  6. Binary poetic feet are divided into the iamb, the trochee, the phyrric and the... what?
  7. Ok, the first line of Larkin's 'This be the Verse' is quite well known, but how many of you can remember any of the second stanza?
  8. Pessimism for Beginners, The Hero and the Girl Next Door, First of the Last Chances, and Leaving and Leaving You are all collections by which of my favourite poets?
  9. 14 lines rhymed abab cdcd efef gg is a description of which famous poetic form?
  10. Scotland's national poet and an ex-scot poet living in South Africa. Both wrote in varient scots dialects. Who are they?

Above there are ten questions drifting randomly between the straightforward and the fiendishly obscure. I'll put the answers in the comments in a couple of days.


stu said...

1- temperate, especially given what the British climate can be like.
2- T.S. Eliot, the musical being, of course, Cats.
3- Motion.
4- Milton wrote 'On his blindness'. Well, he dictated it.
5- Seamus Heaney, whose poetry I always find a bit obtuse, but everyone else seems to like him.
6- The Spondee!
7- 'But they were %*£$ed up in their turn, by fools in old style hats and coats, who half the time were soppy stern, and half at one another's throats.'
8- Sophie Hannah, who is also getting quite well known as a crime writer.
9- The Shakespearian Sonnet.
10- Robert Burns and Charles Murray.

stu said...

I like the word Spondee so much I'm going to say it again.


Stephanie said...

I fail. I think I knew like two of those.

stu said...

Really? Which ones?

Alex Moore said...

I only knew 4 1/2...sad! 1, 4, 6, 9, and the first half of 10. yikes!