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Know your poets

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Know Your Poets

Guess the poet or the work from the clues. It is in the poetry that we see the full beauty of the English language. With over half a million words to choose from it's little wonder that English is the preffered language of poets everywhere. I hope you enjoy this little quiz. 

1- The author of "Annabel Lee", more at home writing tales of the macabre but a great poet all the same.
a) Oscar Wilde  b)Edgar Alan Poe  c) William Blake   d) Robert Frost
 
"It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me."
 
2- This poet was from Massachussets, USA and she wrote over 1,800 poems. One of the best was "I died for beauty".
a)Emily Dickinson  b) Maya Angelou  c) Emily Bronte    d) Mary Shelley
 
I died for beauty but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.                                    
 
 
3- Who wrote the unforgettable line "I wandered lonely as a cloud"?
a) William Shakespeare  b) William Blake  c) William Wordsworth  d)William Wadsworth Longfellow
 
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
 
4- Which of the following lines is NOT from William Blake's "Auguries of innocence"?
a) to see a world in a grain of sand  b) and heaven in a wild flower
c) hold infinity in the palm of your hand   d) and feel your body surge with power
 
A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill'd with doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his Master's Gate
 
5- Complete the title of Dylan Thomas' famous poem. "Do Not Go Gentle--------"
a) into that storm b) into that goodnight  c)into that prison  d)into that room
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
 
6- Who wrote " If you can keep your head while all about are losing theirs..."?
a) Rudyard Kipling  b)William Blake  c) William Wordsworth  d) Dylan Thomas
 
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;