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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
Emily Dickenson
Gregory Corso

Question 2:

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

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Question 5:

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

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)
Lord Byron
William Butler Yeatts
Alexander Pope
William Blake

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

Question 10:

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


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