Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • March 19

    Question:

    What was Alexander Pope's famous advice to aspiring poets?

    Answer ->

    "Keep your piece nine years." The advice appears in the "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot," where Pope bemoans the many poetasters who seek his advice on their poems. This mirrors the advice given by Horace in his "Ars Poetica."

  • March 18

    Question:

    Who is the first English poet to secure an independent income solely through his writing?

    Answer ->

    Alexander Pope. Between his popular satires and his translations of Homer, Pope managed to have an income sufficient to afford a small villa at Twickenham, fully equipped with an artificial grotto.

  • March 17

    Question:

    Who is regarded as an Irish national hero for penning an ironic essay suggesting that poor Irish children could be sold as food to the wealthy English?

    Answer ->

    Jonathan Swift. The essay was slyly titled "A Modest Proposal."

  • March 16

    Question:

    Who earned the following praise from Virginia Woolf: "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon [her grave] . . . For it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds"?

    Answer ->

    Aphra Behn.

  • March 15

    Question:

    What 18th-century poet and libertine masqueraded as Doctor Bendo, a fertility doctor?

    Answer ->

    John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester. Wilmot eventually fell out of favor with Charles II after accidentally giving him a copy of "A Satire on Charles II."

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