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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."
Anne Sexton
Gregory Corso
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickenson

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

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

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
T.S. Eliot
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)
William Butler Yeatts
Lord Byron
William Blake
Alexander Pope

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
None of these
Allen Ginsberg

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."
Hilda Doolittle
Elizabeth Bishop
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."
T.S. Eliot
Robert Penn Warren
June Jordan
Stephen King

Question 10:

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


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