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?
How many lines does a sonnet have?
What do you call a poem where the first letter of each line spells a word or phrase when read vertically?
What does every didactic poem have?
What type of poetry was Virgil known for?
How many lines are in a haiku?
What country did landays originate in?
How many lines are in a limerick?
How many lines make up a quatrain?
Where did the tanka style of poetry originate?
What of these rhyming schemes is known as common measure?
What country produced the world's longest poem?
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?
What year was magnetic poetry invented?
What month is celebrated as National Poetry Month in the U.S.?
What year was the first poet laureate of the United States selected?
Who appoints the poet laureate of the United States?
Librarian of Congress
True or false: The poet laureate position is unpaid.
What style of poetry is Allen Ginsberg best known for?
What style of poetry originated in Switzerland around 1916?
True or false: There is a style of poetry called flarf.
What is the most common poetic meter called?
How many syllables are in a foot?
How many feet are in a pentameter?
How many syllables are in Poulter's measure?
What do you call a foot in which both syllables are accented?
What is the opposite of spondee?
What are aubade style poems about?
What style of poem has ABCD rhyming quatrains and alternating three-stress and four-stress lines?