Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • January 31

    Question:

    In the movie Il Postino , which real-life poet helps the mailman win the heart of his town's most beautiful woman?

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    Pablo Neruda. The film is based on the mailman's memoir.

  • January 30

    Question:

    What was Arthur Rimbaud's profession after he stopped writing poetry at the age of 20?

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    Rimbaud engaged in many business ventures, including being an arms dealer when he moved to Ethiopia.

  • January 29

    Question:

    What poem by Paul Verlaine was used to send secret messages to the French Resistance during the Second World War?

    Answer ->

    "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

  • January 28

    Question:

    Which of William Blake's poems has become the unofficial anthem of the United Kingdom?

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    "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.

  • January 27

    Question:

    What American poet was convinced by Ezra Pound to found a press devoted to publishing Pound and his friends?

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    James Laughlin. In 1935 Laughlin founded New Directions in Prose and Poetry. Today, New Directions is one of the premier publishers of poetry in the United States.

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