Poetry and Poets Questions – GK Questions about Poems Quotes and Authors
1. Francis Thompson wrote poems about:
2. ‘The expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action’. Whose lines are these?
Answer: William Shakespeare.
3. ‘The words of the dead man are modified in the guts of living,’ said:
Answer: W.H. Auden.
4. Who wrote: “stone walls do not a prison make Nor iron bars a cage…”?
Answer: Richard Lovelace.
5. “The grave’s a fine and private place, but none, I think, do there embrace”. Whose lines are these?
Answer: Andrew Marvell.
6. “As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines”. Who said this about epic poetry?
Answer: Thomas Babington Macaulay.
7. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”. Where are these lines to be found?
Answer: in Yeats, ‘The second coming’.
8. In which century did Omar Khayyam write his Rubaiyat?
9. ‘Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad’. Who said this?
Answer: Alexander Pope.
10. “No Spring, nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face”. Who wrote these lines?
Answer: John Donne.
11. A poet Laureate made the modest claim, “I don’t think that since Shakespeare there has been such a master of the English language as I”. Who is he?
12. Who declared so defiantly “I will publish, right or wrong, fools are my theme, let satire be my song”
Answer: Lord Byron.
13. Who said, “Poetry makes nothing happen”?
Answer: W. H. Auden.
14. Who wrote, ‘How beastly the bourgeois is especially the male of the species’?
Answer: D.H. Laurence.
15. Who said, “Poetry is more philosophical and of higher value than history?”
16. “A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man”. A poet’s definition. Which poet?
Answer: E.E. Cummings.
17. “To keep your marriage brimming With love in the marriage cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it: Whenever you’re right, shut up”. Sound advice from a poet who studied women carefully. Who is he?
Answer: Ogden Nash.
18. “Oh East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet”. In which poem of Rudyard Kipling does this line occur?
Answer: ‘The Ballad of East and West’.
19. Who has been called the most venomous and malicious of the great English poets?
Answer: Alexander Pope.
20. To which century do Heinrich Heine’s romantic lyrics belong?
Answer: Early nineteenth.