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April: National Poetry Month

written by: silverqueen
'I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear.' is Walt Whitman's ode to everyday people who were working by day and playing by night to build this great nation. Ready for a little refresher course in American Lit : Poetry 101?

Question 1:

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This poet, often called the greatest American poet of the 20th century, won four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He wrote wrote the following:
'The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.'
Carl Sandburg
Robert Frost
T. S. Eliot
Edgar Allen Poe

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Question 2:

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Edgar Allen Poe is a master of the macabre and father of the detective story. Every January 19, in the early hours of morning, a gentleman known as the Poe Toaster, visits Poe's tombstone, lifts a glass of cognac, drinks, and departs. He leaves behind 3 roses and a half filled bottle of cognac. What line from Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem is used as an epitaph on this tombstone?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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Question 3:

What American hero does Henry Wadsworth Longfellow write about in this poem:
'Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness, and peril, and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that stead
And the midnight message of?'
George Washington
Patrick Henry
Paul Revere
Ethan Allen

Question 4:

What city does Carl Sandburg call 'Hog Butcher for the World' and 'City of the Big Shoulders'?
San Francisco

Question 5:

'Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes' describes this poet and short story writer as a 'doyenne of light verse and wit'. This line is from her most often quoted poem: 'Men seldom make passes At girls who wear glasses.' Name the author of this poem.
Dorothy Parker
Sara Teasdale
Emily Dickinson
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Question 6:

In Ernest Thayer's poem there is 'no joy in Mudville' because mighty Casey 'tore the cover off the ball' to score a home run.

Question 7:

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Considered one of America's greatest poets, this poet had only six poems published before her death in 1886. Identify 'The Belle of Amherst' who wrote the following verse:
'Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.'
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Emily Dickinson
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Sara Teasdale

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Question 8:

'I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,' is the opening line of Allen Ginsberg's poem 'Howl'. Name the poetry movement with which Allan Ginsberg is associated?
The Beats
The Black Mountain Poets
Harlem Renaissance

Question 9:

This poet, who is famous for his use of lowercase letters and word space, wrote the following:
'in Just-
spring when the world is mud
luscious the little lamebaloonman
and wee'.
T. S Elliot
e e cummings
A. E houseman
Carl Sandburg

Question 10:

What is the name of this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay:
'My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-
It gives a lovely light!'?
Friends and Foes
Before Morning
First Fig


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