Books Quiz - Poetry 2 (Questions)

Poetry comes in many forms – the ode, the villanelle or the haiku for example – but perhaps the type most famous is the sonnet. This form was a favourite of the Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare, who wrote more than 150 of them! Sonnets lend themselves beautifully to love poetry and have given us such enchanting lines as:

Those lips that Love's own hand did make” or

"Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
"

Do you know which poet was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995? If so then you are likely to have very few problems answering the other questions in this second of four quizzes on poetry. Test yourself and see if you can get them all right!

1. The American, Sylvia Plath, married which English poet in 1956?
[ ] John Betjeman
[ ] Ted Hughes
[ ] Philip Larkin
[ ] Louis MacNeice
2. Which 16th century Poet Laureate is best remembered for his epic poem The Faerie Queen?
[ ] Thomas Campion
[ ] John Donne
[ ] Christopher Marlowe
[ ] Edmund Spenser
3. Which poet wrote The Tyger, around 1794?
[ ] William Blake
[ ] Robert Burns
[ ] Richard Brinsley Sheridan
[ ] Robert Southey
4. In his 1937 poem, John Betjeman invited bombs to fall on which town?
[ ] Slough
[ ] Staines
[ ] Surbiton
[ ] Swindon
5. Which poet was killed in France on the 4th of November 1918?
[ ] Rupert Brooke
[ ] Wilfred Owen
[ ] Siegfried Sassoon
[ ] Edward Thomas
6. According to the first line of TS Eliot's poem The Waste Land, which is the cruellest month?
[ ] February
[ ] April
[ ] October
[ ] December
7. According to Edward Lear's nonsense poem, who has a luminous nose?
[ ] The Bong
[ ] The Dong
[ ] The Pong
[ ] The Wong
8. Who wrote the 1751 poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard?
[ ] William Cowper
[ ] Thomas Gray
[ ] Samuel Johnson
[ ] Charles Lamb
9. Which Irish poet wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree in 1892?
[ ] Stephen Lucius Gwynn
[ ] James Joyce
[ ] Oscar Wilde
[ ] WB Yeats
10. Which poet was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995?
[ ] Maya Angelou
[ ] Seamus Heaney
[ ] Ted Hughes
[ ] Andrew Motion

 

Books Quiz - Poetry 2 (Answers)
1. The American, Sylvia Plath, married which English poet in 1956?
[ ] John Betjeman
[x] Ted Hughes
[ ] Philip Larkin
[ ] Louis MacNeice
Plath was herself a poet, a novelist and a short-story writer
2. Which 16th century Poet Laureate is best remembered for his epic poem The Faerie Queen?
[ ] Thomas Campion
[ ] John Donne
[ ] Christopher Marlowe
[x] Edmund Spenser
It was written in praise of Queen Elizabeth I
3. Which poet wrote The Tyger, around 1794?
[x] William Blake
[ ] Robert Burns
[ ] Richard Brinsley Sheridan
[ ] Robert Southey
Blake was also an artist - you'll find a quiz on his life and works in our Specialist section on Art
4. In his 1937 poem, John Betjeman invited bombs to fall on which town?
[x] Slough
[ ] Staines
[ ] Surbiton
[ ] Swindon

The poem begins:

"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough,
It isn't fit for humans now"

5. Which poet was killed in France on the 4th of November 1918?
[ ] Rupert Brooke
[x] Wilfred Owen
[ ] Siegfried Sassoon
[ ] Edward Thomas
News of his death reached his parents on the 11th of November - Armistice Day
6. According to the first line of TS Eliot's poem The Waste Land, which is the cruellest month?
[ ] February
[x] April
[ ] October
[ ] December
The 434 line poem comes in 5 parts: The Burial of the Dead, A Game of Chess, The Fire Sermon, Death by Water and What the Thunder Said
7. According to Edward Lear's nonsense poem, who has a luminous nose?
[ ] The Bong
[x] The Dong
[ ] The Pong
[ ] The Wong
"This is the hour when forth he goes,
The Dong with a luminous Nose!
Yonder--over the plain he goes,
He goes!
He goes;
The Dong with a luminous Nose!"
8. Who wrote the 1751 poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard?
[ ] William Cowper
[x] Thomas Gray
[ ] Samuel Johnson
[ ] Charles Lamb
It's believed to have been written in the churchyard of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
9. Which Irish poet wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree in 1892?
[ ] Stephen Lucius Gwynn
[ ] James Joyce
[ ] Oscar Wilde
[x] WB Yeats
In the poem Yeats tries to construct an Irish form of poetry - rather than using the one popular with English poets
10. Which poet was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995?
[ ] Maya Angelou
[x] Seamus Heaney
[ ] Ted Hughes
[ ] Andrew Motion
Other writers have lauded Heaney as "the most important Irish poet since Yeats" and "the greatest poet of our age"