Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • April 19

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. In my beginning is my end... In my end is my beginning."

    Answer ->

    T.S. Eliot. The last lines come from the "'East Coker" section of "Four Quartets."

  • April 18

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, / And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, / Await alike the inevitable hour: / The paths of glory lead but to the grave"?

    Answer ->

    Thomas Gray. The lines come from Gray's most famous poem, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."

  • April 17

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "Heroes and Kings! your distance keep: / In peace let one poor Poet sleep; / Who never flatter'd folks like you: / Let Horace blush and Virgil too"? 

    Answer ->

    Alexander Pope. Pope, who was Catholic, is buried near his villa in Twickenham. He prefaced his epitaph, "For one who would not be buried in Westminster Abbey."

  • April 16

    Question:

    "What poet's epitaph reads, "Life is a jest; and all things show it. / I thought so once; but now I know it"? "

    Answer ->

    John Gay.

  • April 15

    Question:

    What poet's epitaph reads, "Cast a cold eye / On life, on death. / Horseman, pass by"?

    Answer ->

    William Butler Yeats. The lines are the same that end his poem "Under Ben Bulben."

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