So You Think You Know American Poetry? Take This Quiz and Find Out If You Do.


It's time for a quiz on American poetry.  At least, I thought so after I read the ChicagoNow blog OMB (Oh My Books) about the reading of poetry aloud.  No poetic license is required  to take the following test.

Match the American poet with his or her line of verse.

1. Walt Whitman                                           ___"The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream"

2. Wallace Stevens                                       ___"Immortality is not a gift,//Immortality is an achievement"

3. T.S. Eliot                                                      ___"Keeping time, time, time,//In a sort of Runic rhyme"

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson                           ___"Factory windows are always broken."

5. Robinson Jeffers                                      ___"But please do not think that I am not fond of banks,"

6. Hart Crane                                                  ___"...Oh beautiful//Darkness and silence, the two eyes that see God. Great staring eyes."

7. E.E. Cummings                                         ___"...Thou shalt lie down//With patriarchs of the earth---the wise, the good,"

8. Vachel Lindsay                                        ___"Wake me, witch, we'll do the dance of rotten sticks."

9. Ezra Pound                                                 ___"And give up verse, my boy,//There's nothing in it."

10. Robert Frost                                           ___"Down to the Puritan marrow of my bones//There's something in this richness that I hate."

11. Sidney Lanier                                          ___"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,"

12. William Cullen Bryant                         ___"I was rich in flowers and trees,//Humming-birds and honey-bees:"

13. Edgar Allan Poe                                     ___"I met a man in South Street,tall---//A nervous shark tooth swung on his chain."

14. Sara Teasdale                                          ___"We were very tired, we were very merry---//We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry."                    

15. Elinor Wylie                                             ___"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,"

16. Marrianne Moore                                  ___"We are the hollow men//We are the stuffed men"

17. Edgar Lee Masters                                ___"Because I could not stop for Death,//He kindly stopped for me;"

18. Emily Dickinson                                     ___"Man's love ascends//To finer and diviner ends//Than man's mere thought e'er comprehends."

19. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow         ___"Why should I keep holiday//When other men have none?"

20. John Greenleaf Whittier                    ___"A poem should be wordless//As the flight of birds"

21. William Carlos Williams                     ___"Softer be they than slippered sleep"

22. Ogden Nash                                             ___"Robins will wear their feathery fire//Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;"

23. Edna St. Vincent Millay                      ___"Every name is a tune."

24. Archibald MacLeish                            ___"And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."

25. Theodore Roethke                               ___"There is no crime save//the too heavy//body"


Rankings: 21-25 correct = Summa Cum Laude;  16-20 = Magna Cum Laude; 11-15 = Cum Laude; 6-10 = Passing without Honors; 0-5 = Next time try throwing darts.

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