Poetry Trivia Questions
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What New England poet and philosopher was integral in launching Walt Whitman's career?
Ralph Waldo Emerson. Whitman, as an unknown poet, sent Emerson a copy of his manuscript. Emerson wrote back glowingly: "I greet you at the beginning of a great career." Whitman printed that quotation on the spine of the second edition of Leaves of Grass (without asking Emerson's permission). The endorsement considerably boosted Whitman's credibility.
What poem provided the title for E. M. Forster's novel Where Angels Fear to Tread and the phrase in the Elvis Presley song, "Fools rush in?"
What 19th-century American poet coined the phrase "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"?
William Ross Wallace coined the phrase in a poem of the same name ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the Hand That Rules the World.") Less well-known today, Wallace was a good friend of Edgar Allan Poe, and his poetry was popular in its time. Today he is largely remembered for the aforementioned phrase, if at all.