Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • April 25

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "And alien tears will fill for him / Pity's long broken urn, / For his mourners will be outcast men, / And outcasts always mourn"?

    Answer ->

    Oscar Wilde. The lines are taken from his poem "Ballad of Reading Gaol."

  • April 24

    Question:

    Whose death occasioned this epitaph from Lord Byron: "Near this spot / are deposited the remains of one / who possessed Beauty without Vanity, / Strength without Insolence, / Courage without Ferocity, / and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. / This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, / if inscribed over human Ashes, / is but a just Tribute to the memory of ..."

    Answer ->

    Boatswain, Byron's dog.

  • April 23

    Question:

    This is one poet's epitaph: "The poetic genius of my country found me at the plough and threw her inspiring mantle over me. She bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my native soil, in my native tongue. I tuned my wild, artless notes as she inspired" Whose is it?

    Answer ->

    Robert Burns.

  • April 22

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "Here lies a Proof that Wit can never be / Defence enough against Mortality"?

    Answer ->

    Aphra Behn.

  • April 21

    Question:

    Over whose grave did an unknown friend scrawl, in coal: "Reader, I am to let thee know, / Donne's body only lies below; / For could the grave his soul comprise, / Earth would be richer than the skies"?

    Answer ->

    John Donne.

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