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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."
Gregory Corso
Anne Sexton
Emily Dickenson
Sylvia Plath

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

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 Blake
Alexander Pope
William Butler Yeatts
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?"
E. E. Cummings
Sharon Olds
Allen Ginsberg
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."
Elizabeth Bishop
Hilda Doolittle
William Carlos Williams
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."
June Jordan
Stephen King
Robert Penn Warren
T.S. Eliot

Question 10:

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


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