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Rhythm and Rhyme: The Poetry Quiz
by Staff
Poetry may seem simple, but if you take a closer look, you'll see the attention to form, detail, meter and rhyme that make classic poems so unforgettable. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the art and practice of poetry.

What type of poem is Shakespeare best known for?

  • epic
  • sonnet
  • limerick

How many lines does a sonnet have?

  • 10
  • 12
  • 14

What do you call a poem where the first letter of each line spells a word or phrase when read vertically?

  • acrostic
  • aubade
  • anagram

What does every didactic poem have?

  • 12 lines
  • no rhyming
  • a moral

What type of poetry was Virgil known for?

  • Georgic
  • Gothic
  • Gnomic

How many lines are in a haiku?

  • one
  • three
  • five

What country did landays originate in?

  • Greece
  • Afghanistan
  • China

How many lines are in a limerick?

  • three
  • four
  • five

How many lines make up a quatrain?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Where did the tanka style of poetry originate?

  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia

What of these rhyming schemes is known as common measure?

  • ABBA
  • ABAB
  • AAAA

What country produced the world's longest poem?

  • China
  • Russia
  • India

When was the "Epic of Gilgamesh" first recorded?

  • 12th century B.C.E.
  • 3rd century C.E.
  • 12th century C.E.

How old is the world's oldest known love poem?

  • 6000 years
  • 4000 years
  • 2000 years

What year was magnetic poetry invented?

  • 1973
  • 1983
  • 1993

What month is celebrated as National Poetry Month in the U.S.?

  • February
  • April
  • July

What year was the first poet laureate of the United States selected?

  • 1985
  • 1995
  • 2005

Who appoints the poet laureate of the United States?

  • president
  • first lady
  • Librarian of Congress

True or false: The poet laureate position is unpaid.

  • true
  • false

What style of poetry is Allen Ginsberg best known for?

  • epic
  • Beat
  • didactic

What style of poetry originated in Switzerland around 1916?

  • spondee
  • aubade
  • Dada

True or false: There is a style of poetry called flarf.

  • true
  • false

What is the most common poetic meter called?

  • iamb
  • triamb
  • quadramb

How many syllables are in a foot?

  • two
  • six
  • 12

How many feet are in a pentameter?

  • five
  • 10
  • 12

How many syllables are in Poulter's measure?

  • 13
  • 26
  • 51

What do you call a foot in which both syllables are accented?

  • sponge
  • spondee
  • pyrrhic

What is the opposite of spondee?

  • spondoo
  • aubade
  • pyrrhic

What are aubade style poems about?

  • money
  • dawn
  • death

What style of poem has ABCD rhyming quatrains and alternating three-stress and four-stress lines?

  • ballad
  • epic
  • dada