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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."
Sylvia Plath
Anne Sexton
Gregory Corso
Emily Dickenson

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

"This is the way they ring the bells in Bedlam"
T.S. Eliot
Dylan Thomas
Theodore Roethke
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)
Alexander Pope
Lord Byron
William Blake
William Butler Yeatts

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?"
None of these
Sharon Olds
Allen Ginsberg
E. E. Cummings

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."
Elizabeth Bishop
William Carlos Williams
Hilda Doolittle
Stephen Crane

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."
Robert Penn Warren
June Jordan
Stephen King
T.S. Eliot

Question 10:

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


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