Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • November 25

    Question:

    Who won the first Seatonian Prize, an annual Cambridge award given to the best poem by one of its students on a sacred subject?

    Answer ->

    In 1750 Christopher Smart won the first Seatonian Prize. (He also won four of the next five.) Lord Byron writes of the prize in his poem "English Bards and Scots Reviewers."

  • November 24

    Question:

    Who penned the first complete English translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey ?

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    George Chapman published his translations in 1616. Keats loved these translations. (See his "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.")

  • November 23

    Question:

    Who successfully staved off his parents' eviction with the publication of his first book of poetry?

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    John Clare.

  • November 22

    Question:

    Whose journal did Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit , discover in a barn in 1931 and subsequently have published?

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    The journals of Dorothy Wordsworth were unpublished until 1933.

  • November 21

    Question:

    Which French Enlightenment writer's sometimes manic style and radical thoughts are said to have been fueled by drinking upwards of 50 cups of coffee a day?

    Answer ->

    Voltaire

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