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Famous Poets Quiz
by Staff
Their powerful prose made lasting statements, both personal and political. How much do you know about these famous poets?

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" was written by which poet?

  • Langston Hughes
  • Alice Walker
  • Maya Angelou

Which person wrote poetry and also worked for the Chicago Daily News?

  • Allen Ginsburg
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Gary Soto

Who wrote a book of poems called "Live or Die"?

  • Alexander Pushkin
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Anne Sexton

How old was Emily Dickinson when she died?

  • 27
  • 56
  • 37

Other than poetry, what passion did Emily Dickinson pursue?

  • botany
  • astrology
  • scientology

In what year was William Shakespeare born?

  • 1703
  • 1611
  • 1564

Which poem was the first written by Robert Frost?

  • "The Tufts of Flowers"
  • "The Gift Outright"
  • "My Butterfly: An Elegy"

Shel Silverstein was a poet who may have been best known for which genre?

  • children's books
  • sculpture
  • poster art

Why was e.e. cummings forced to self-publish many of his poems?

  • He distrusted publishing companies.
  • He used weird punctuation and grammar.
  • No one liked any of his work.

Who wrote "Sense and Sensibility" in addition to many poems?

  • Jane Austen
  • Lord Byron
  • Lewis Carroll

Which poet was one of the leaders of the Romantic Movement?

  • Pablo Neruda
  • Walt Whitman
  • William Wordsworth

How old was Elizabeth Barrett Browning when she began writing poetry?

  • 6
  • 8
  • 10

About how many poems did Emily Dickinson write during her life?

  • roughly 180
  • roughly 1,800
  • roughly 18,000

Which poet created a collection of poems called "The Songs of Innocence"?

  • Langston Hughes
  • William Blake
  • Charles Bukowski

Why did Alfred, Lord Tennyson struggle to record much of his work?

  • His hands shook uncontrollably.
  • He struggled with depression.
  • He was nearly blind.

In which war did e.e. cummings serve?

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The American Civil War

This poet also wrote a novel, titled "The Bell Jar".

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Alice Walker

What profession did John Keats abandon to pursue poetry?

  • banking
  • law
  • medicine

"Love Songs" earned which poet the Pulitzer Prize?

  • Sara Teasdale
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Spike Milligan

Why did Samuel L. Clemens say that he didn't like poetry, even though he created poems himself?

  • He thought novels were a superior art form.
  • He thought poets were insufferable.
  • He didn't think he was any good at writing them.

Who wrote "Goblin Market"?

  • John Donne
  • Sarojini Naidu
  • Christina Rossetti

How many children did John Donne have with his wife?

  • 12
  • 15
  • 17

How many terms did Billy Collins serve as the poet laureate of the United States?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Who is the first Hispanic poet laureate in the U.S.?

  • Richard Blanco
  • Oscar Hijuelos
  • Sandra Cisneros

Why was John Keats unable to wed his 18-year-old lover, who inspired much of his work?

  • He was broke.
  • Her parents objected.
  • He had a criminal record.

Where was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow born?

  • England
  • United States
  • New Zealand

Poet Walt Whitman was also renowned for what?

  • his volunteer work
  • his charitable donations
  • his savagery

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote "Charge of the Light Brigade" after reading an account of a battle in which war?

  • Taiping Rebellion
  • Crimean War
  • World War I

Which poet described Persephone as a "girl with the gorgon touch"?

  • Jane Austen
  • Sara Teasdale
  • Margaret Atwood

Which poet was known for being one of the first American writers to embrace the short story?

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Robert Frost
  • Langston Hughes