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19th and 20th Century American Poetry

written by: meee
I give you a line from or the title of a poem--you name the author.

Question 1:

"The play is the tragedy 'Man,' and the hero, the Conquerer Worm."
H.P. Lovecraft
Edgar Allan Poe
William Jennings Bryant
None of these

Question 2:

"And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head."
John Berryman
Randall Jarrell
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Luke Havergall

Question 3:

"From my mother's sleep, I fell into the State.
I hunched in its body till my wet fur froze.
Sis miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life...
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose."
Wallace Stevens
Randall Jarrell
Robinson Jeffers
John Crowe Ransom

Question 4:

"Success is counted sweetest
by those who never succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
requires the sorest need."
Emily Dickinson
Gertrude Stein
None of these
Hilda Doolittle

Question 5:

"A heap of broken images, where the Sun beats...
I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
Gertrude Stein
T.S. Eliot
Ezra Pound
Allen Ginsberg

Question 6:

"Pity this busy monster mankind not..."
Rita Dove
e.e. cummings
Marianne Moore
Sharon Olds

Question 7:

"I spit upon this dreadful banker's grave
who shot his heart out in a Florida dawn
O ho alas alas
When will indifference come, I moan & rave
I'd like to scrabble till I got right down
away down under the grass"
John Berryman
Philip Booth
Hart Crane
None of these

Question 8:

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
"It is futile," I said.
"You can never —"
"You lie," he cried,
And ran on.
Stephen Crane
Walt Whitman
Denise Levertov
Robert Lowell

Question 9:

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Anne Sexton

Question 10:

I was ten when they buried you.
At twenty I tried to die
And get back, back, back to you.
I thought even the bones would do.

But they pulled me out of the sack,
And they stuck me together with glue.
And then I knew what to do.
I made a model of you,
A man in black with a Meinkampf look
Anne Sexton
June Jordan
Sylvia Plath
Joyce Carol Oates


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