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Poetry 3
John Steffler was the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of which country?

Poetry 3

There are many different tools employed by the poet in his work. Rhyme springs immediately to mind, but there is so much more to poetry than rhyme – indeed, there is even a great deal of prose poetry out there! Rhythm is one important aspect – it makes a poem almost musical. Two more oft used conventions are assonance (the repetition of vowel sounds) and alliteration (the repetition of the first consonant in a series of words). Here’s an example of each:

The early bird catches the worm.
"Face the fire at freedom's front."

It may be that you can recite pages of verse from memory but do you know how many syllables there are in an iambic pentameter? Even more obscure - do you know who was imprisoned in 1873 for shooting Arthur Rimbaud? Yes? Then have a go at this, the third in our series of four quizzes on poetry!

1.
How many syllables are there in an iambic pentameter?
5
7
8
10
An example from Shakespeare's play Richard III - "Now is the winter of our discontent"
2.
What was the surname of the English humorist who devised the short verse form, the clerihew?
Bentley
Bradley
Clerihew
Cleremont
His full name was Edmund Clerihew Bentley
3.
A Japanese haiku poem has how many syllables?
13
15
17
19
A haiku poem has 3 lines. The first and third both contain 5 syllables and the second contains 7
4.
What is the title of the Robert Louis Stevenson poem that begins with the line: "Faster than fairies, faster than witches"?
In a Railway Carriage
From a Railway Carriage
On a Railway Carriage
To a Railway Carriage
It comes from the 1885 collection A Child’s Garden of Verses
5.
Which American Beat poet wrote the long poem Howl in 1956?
Neal Cassady
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Allen Ginsberg
Jack Kerouac
The poem was the subject of an obscenity trial, as it was openly homosexual at a time when that was illegal in the United States
6.
Who was imprisoned in 1873 for shooting the French poet Arthur Rimbaud?
Jean Cocteau
Victor Hugo
Paul Valery
Paul Verlaine
Verlaine, in a drunken, jealous rage at his rival, fired two shots at Rimbaud, wounding him, though not seriously. He was gaoled for 2 years
7.
The poem Casabianca, by Felicia Hemans, begins with the famous line: "The boy stood on the burning deck". Which battle inspired the poem?
Battle of Cape St Vincent
Battle of Copenhagen
Battle of the Nile
Battle of Trafalgar
It commemorates an actual event on board a French ship. The son of its commander remained at his post and died when the fire caused an explosion.
8.
1n 2006 John Steffler was appointed Parliamentary Poet Laureate of which country?
Australia
Canada
New Zealand
South Africa
His 1992 novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright won the Thomas Head Raddall Award and his 1998 poetry collection That Night We Were Ravenous won the Atlantic Poetry Prize
9.
What were the first names of the British/American poet TS Eliot?
Thomas Staines
Thomas Stearns
Thomas Stones
Thomas Stynes
Elliot emigrated to Britain when he was 25 and he renounced his U.S. citizenship when he became a British subject aged 39
10.
Who wrote the lengthy poem The Wreck of the Deutschland?
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Alfred Edward Houseman
Henry Wadsorth Longfellow
Longfellow wrote The Wreck of the Hesperus

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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