Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • August 26

    Question:

    What poet lived in the Greenwich Village townhouse which was destroyed when a bomb manufactured by the radical student organization The Weather Underground accidentally went off?

    Answer ->

    James Merrill. He recorded the event in a poem titled "18 West 11th Street," the address of the townhouse.

  • August 25

    Question:

    What was used as evidence to convict Japanese socialist leader Kotoku Shunsui of treason and conspiracy against the Emperor, for which he was executed in 1911?

    Answer ->

    A poem he wrote under the set theme "New Year's Snow." "Seeing that it is a world / where it is bombs that fall, / first dream of the year is / the sound of the pines of Chiyoda / breaking under the weight of the snow." The anti-imperialist sentiment was judged sufficient to suspect his loyalty.

  • August 24

    Question:

    What poet acted as John Milton's assistant during the interregnum, only to become a member of Parliament during the Restoration, successfully petitioning Charles II not to execute Milton for treason?

    Answer ->

    Andrew Marvell

  • August 23

    Question:

    What poem provided the title for Maya Angelou's memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ?

    Answer ->

    Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy."

  • August 22

    Question:

    What English poet-catholic apologist-detective novelist was known as "The Prince of Paradox"?

    Answer ->

    G.K. Chesterton

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