Poetry Trivia Questions
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What poem by Paul Verlaine was used to send secret messages to the French Resistance during the Second World War?
"Chanson d'Automne" (Autumn Song). The poem was broadcast on the BBC's French Service. When the first part of the first stanza was read ("Les sanglots longs des violons d'automne ," or "long sobs of autumn's violins"), it meant that the invasion of Normandy was imminent. When the second part was read ("blesse mon coeur d'une langueur monotone, " or "wound my heart with a montonous languor"), the invasion would occur in the next 48 hours
Which of William Blake's poems has become the unofficial anthem of the United Kingdom?
"And did those feet in ancient time" from the preface to "Milton: a Poem." This became, in 1916, the hymn titled "Jerusalem." It was famously featured in the movie Chariots of Fire , whose title comes from the same poem.