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American Poets

written by: webbie1960
Please feel free to test your knowledge of some of America's great poets.

Question 1:

He graduated from Harvard in 1916. He wrote The Enormous Room (1922) about a prison camp during WWI.
Gary Porter
Robert Frost
e.e. cummings
Ernest Hemingway

Question 2:

This poet, who had various health problems caused by drug and alcohol abuse, died when he was 40. His personal life was as bizarre as his works. He married his 13-year-old cousin, who was handicapped and died five years after the marriage.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 3:

He is largely considered to be the most popular American poet of the 19th century as well as the first professional American poet.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Edgar Allen Poe
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Robert Frost

Question 4:

She was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and bore the same first name as her mother.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Jane Austin

Question 5:

He was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri and began writing in the 8th grade even though his father discouraged him.
E.G. Marshall
Thurgood Marshall
Barnard Hughes
Langston Hughes

Question 6:

This poet killed herself in 1963 with cooking gas after two hard years in a cold flat where she wrote some of her best poetry.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 7:

She was an American Imagist poet. She started a lifelong debate with poet Ezra Pound, who disdained that type of poetry and called it "amygisme".  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 8:

This poet passed away in 1997, after an interesting writing career. His works often dealt with mental illness. His mother suffered from mental illness and died in a mental hospital. One of his most notable works was entitled Howl for Carl Solomon.

Question 9:

She wrote Cold Comfort in 1986 and A Space Filled with Movement in 1992.
Louise McNeil
Maggie Anderson
Maude Anderson
Louisa Mae Alcott

Question 10:

This American poet born in San Francisco published his first collection of poems when he was 39. The collection entitled A Boy's Will was written in England where he had moved after giving up his life as a farmer, cobbler and teacher.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


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