Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • December 15

    Question:

    What British poet was considered as Lord Alfred Tennyson's successor to the Laureateship, only to fall out of favor with Queen Victoria when he penned the following lines: "'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor / With a hairy gold crown o'er head? / She 'as ships on the foam--she 'as millions at 'ome, / An' she pays us poor beggars in red"?

    Answer ->

    Rudyard Kipling

  • December 14

    Question:

    Which poet, often lauded as one of the worst poets in the English language, is parodied in the British radio series, The Goon Show ?

    Answer ->

    The Goon Show 's Peter Sellers plays tragedian William McGoonagal in "The Pevensy Bay Disaster", first aired November 22, 1955. The episode is a send-up of William McGonagal's "Tay Bridge Disaster." Science Fiction writer Terry Pratchet also parodies McGonagal in his Discworld series, naming his Nac Mac Feegle battle poets "Gonagals."

  • December 13

    Question:

    What Anglo-American poet, who would win many prizes late in her career, first became known for her biography of Sylvia Plath?

    Answer ->

    Anne Stevenson

  • December 12

    Question:

    The French sculptor Rodin hired an admirer to be his secretary, 1905-07, who would later be judged to be one of Europe's greatest poets. Who was it?

    Answer ->

    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • December 11

    Question:

    What New York School poet's death involved a dune buggy?

    Answer ->

    Frank O'Hara was struck by a dune buggy at Fire Island in the small hours of July 24, 1966. He died the next day of his injuries.

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