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The Famous Poems Quiz
by Staff
Even if you don't know a sonnet from a haiku, chances are that some of these poems have seeped into your brain. Test your poetry knowledge with this quiz.

Which poet wrote this line? "I have eaten/the plums/that were in/the icebox."

  • William Carlos Williams
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Ogden Nash

Which poet wrote this line? "What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/Like a raisin in the sun?"

  • Langston Hughes
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Walt Whitman

Which poet wrote this line? "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wabe."

  • Dylan Thomas
  • Ezra Pound
  • Lewis Carroll

Which poet wrote this line? "Laugh, and the world laughs with you/Weep, and you weep alone."

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

Which poet wrote this line? "I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree."

  • W.H. Auden
  • Sara Teasdale
  • Joyce Kilmer

Which poet wrote this line? "Take this kiss upon the brow!/And, in parting from you now/Thus much let me vow."

  • Pablo Neruda
  • Robert Frost
  • Edgar Allan Poe

Which poet wrote this line? "You may write me down in history/With your bitter, twisted lies,/You may trod me in the very dirt/But still like the dust I'll rise."

  • Ted Hughes
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Maya Angelou

Which poet wrote this line? "Half a league, half a league/Half a league onward,/All in the valley of Death/rode the six hundred."

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Robert Louis Stevenson

Which poet wrote this line? "Long walks at night —/that's what's good for the soul."

  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Charles Bukowski

Which poet wrote this line? "No man is an island,/Entire of itself;/Every man is a piece of the continent,/A part of the main."

  • George Gordon Byron
  • John Donne
  • William Blake

Which poet wrote this line? "Do not go gentle into that good night/Old age should burn and rave at close of day."

  • W.B. Yeats
  • John Keats
  • Dylan Thomas

Which poet wrote this line? "Whose woods these are I think I know/His house is in the village, though."

  • Robert Frost
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Walt Whitman

Which poet wrote this line? "I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o'er vales and hills."

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Robert Burns
  • William Wordsworth

Which poet wrote this line? "Let us go then, you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky."

  • Allen Ginsberg
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

Which poet wrote this line? "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,/And sorry I could not travel both/And be one traveler, long I stood/And looked down one as far as I could."

  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Robert Frost
  • Emily Bronte

Which poet wrote this line? "There is a place where the sidewalk ends/And before the street begins/And there the grass grows soft and white/And there the sun glows crimson bright."

  • Shel Silverstein
  • Ogden Nash
  • Pablo Neruda

Which poet wrote this line? "Let us twain walk aside from the rest;/Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony."

  • Robert Browning
  • Walt Whitman
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Which poet wrote this line? "I went down to the river/I set down on the bank./I tried to think but couldn't,/so I jumped in and sank."

  • Emily Dickinson
  • Langston Hughes
  • Ezra Pound

Which poet wrote this line? "Why should I blame her that she filled my days/With misery, or that she would of late/Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways."

  • William Butler Yeats
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Ted Hughes

Which poet wrote this line? "Oh whence do you come, my dear friend, to me,/With your golden hair all fallen below your knee."

  • Christina Rossetti
  • Dylan Thomas
  • William Blake

Which poet wrote this line? "Stop all the clocks, turn off the telephone,/Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone."

  • Ogden Nash
  • Shel Silverstein
  • W.H. Auden

Which poet wrote this line? "You do not do, you do not do/Any more, black shoe."

  • Sylvia Plath
  • Langston Hughes
  • E.E. Cummings

Which poet wrote this line? "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary."

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • George Gordon Byron
  • Matthew Arnold

Which poet wrote this line? "The tree has entered my hands,/The sap has descended my arms."

  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Ezra Pound

Which poet wrote this line? "I carry your heart with me(I carry it in/my heart)I am never without/it (anywhere I go you go, my dear."

  • William Carlos Williams
  • Sylvia Plath
  • E.E. cummings

Which poet wrote this line? "America I've given you all and now I'm nothing./America twodollars and twentyseven cents January 17, 1956."

  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Charles Bukowski
  • John Berryman

Which poet wrote this line? "O CAPTAIN! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done."

  • Robert Browning
  • Walt Whitman
  • Robert Frost

Which poet wrote this line? "I cannot live with you,/It would be life,/And life is over there/Behind the shelf."

  • William Butler Yeats
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Emily Dickinson

Which poet wrote this line? "O my Luve's like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June."

  • Robert Burns
  • John Donne
  • Dylan Thomas

Which poet wrote this line? "All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players."

  • William Blake
  • William Shakespeare
  • Thomas Hardy