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20th Century American Poetry

written by: meee
I give you a line the title of or a quote from a poem--you pick the poet. Good luck.

Question 1:

"Dying is an art like everything else. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real."
Emily Dickenson
Sylvia Plath
Gregory Corso
Anne Sexton

Question 2:

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical, naked"
Maye Swenson
Gregory Orr
Allen Ginsburg
Lawrence Ferlenghetti

Question 3:

"Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note"
Hart Crane
Anne Sexton
Sylvia Plath
Immamu Amiri Baraka

Question 4:

"Penetrating a Fresh Abyss"
Robert Frost
Robert Haas
David Payne, Jr.
Edgar Allan Poe

Question 5:

"This is the way they ring the bells in Bedlam"
Dylan Thomas
Theodore Roethke
T.S. Eliot
Anne Sexton

Question 6:

"What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
William Butler Yeatts
William Blake
Alexander Pope
Lord Byron

Question 7:

"Why talk of beauty? What could be more beautiful than these heroic happy dead who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter? They did not stop to think--they died instead. Then shall the voice of liberty be mute?"
Allen Ginsberg
Sharon Olds
E. E. Cummings
None of these

Question 8:

"In the desert I saw a creature naked, bestial. Squatting on the ground he held his heart in his hands and ate of it. I asked 'Is it good, friend?' 'It is bitter--bitter' he replied 'but I like it because it is bitter and because it is my heart."
Stephen Crane
Hilda Doolittle
William Carlos Williams
Elizabeth Bishop

Question 9:

"We are the hollow men. We are the stuffed men. Leaning together-- headpiece filled with straw--alas! Our dried voices when we whisper together are meaningless as wind in dry grass or rats' feet over broken glass in our dry cellar....This is the way the world ends not with a bang but a whimper."
Stephen King
June Jordan
T.S. Eliot
Robert Penn Warren

Question 10:

"The Book of Nightmares"
Galway Kinnel
Gary Snyder
David Bottoms
James Tate


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