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How Well Do You Know US Poets And Their Poems?

Do you love US poets? Could you cite their poems off-by-heart? If not, perhaps you remember them from school? Why don’t you take this quiz and find out? You will get an excerpt from a poem. Your task? To guess the poet of course!

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A free bird leaps on the back/ Of the wind and floats downstream /Till the current ends and dips his wing / In the orange suns rays/ And dares to claim the sky.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Maya Angelou
Ai

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nobody ever finds/ the one. the city dumps fill/ the junkyards fill/ the madhouses fill/ the hospitals fill/ the graveyards fill nothing else/ fills.
Charles Bukowski
Conrad Aiken
Ralph Angel

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here is the deepest secret nobody knows/ (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud/ and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows/ higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)/ and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.
Marvin Bell
Wendell Berry
E. E. Cummings

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Nobody knows this little Rose --/ It might a pilgrim be/ Did I not take it from the ways/ And lift it up to thee.
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Elizabeth Bishop

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For Thine is/ Life is/ For Thine is the This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but a whimper.
Raymond Carver
Hart Crane
T. S. Eliot

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That you are fair or wise is vain,/ Or strong, or rich, or generous;/ You must have also the untaught strain/ That sheds beauty on the rose./ There is a melody born of melody,/ Which melts the world into a sea.
Russell Edson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mark van Doren

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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/ To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Robert Frost
John Gould Fletcher
Eugene Field

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I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by/ madness, starving hysterical naked,/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn/ looking for an angry fix,/ angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly/connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.
Randall Jarrell
Donald Hall
Allen Ginsberg

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Birds singing/ in the dark/ —Rainy dawn.
Galway Kinnell
Jack Kerouac
Larry Levis

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,/ Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,/ While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/ As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. / "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door - / Only this, and nothing more."
Edwin Markham
Herman Melville
Edgar Allan Poe

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Tree you are,/ Moss you are,/ You are violets with wind above them./ A child - so high - you are,/ And all this is folly to the world.
Ezra Pound
Robert Pinsky
Carl Rakosi

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Once in English they said America. Was it English to them./ Once they said Belgian./ We like a fog./ Do you for weather./ Are we brave./ Are we true./ Have we the national colour.
Anne Sexton
Gertrude Stein
Eleanor Wilner

Indifferent To Poetry

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You couldn't care less about poetry. T. S. Elliot, E. E. Cummings, Robert Frost.... What do they matter in this day and age? Well done for trying anyways!

Poetry Lover

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Well done! You have a fair knowledge of US poets and their poems. You are clearly a poetry lover (or else someone who has a very good memory of those english classes from school?) Great!

Poetry Expert

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Fantastic! You know your US poets and their poems extremely well. We bet we could throw you a poem name and you would have no trouble citing it all. Impressive!
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1
A free bird leaps on the back/ Of the wind and floats downstream /Till the current ends and dips his wing / In the orange suns rays/ And dares to claim the sky.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Maya Angelou
Ai
2
nobody ever finds/ the one. the city dumps fill/ the junkyards fill/ the madhouses fill/ the hospitals fill/ the graveyards fill nothing else/ fills.
Charles Bukowski
Conrad Aiken
Ralph Angel
3
here is the deepest secret nobody knows/ (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud/ and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows/ higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)/ and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.
Marvin Bell
Wendell Berry
E. E. Cummings
4
Nobody knows this little Rose --/ It might a pilgrim be/ Did I not take it from the ways/ And lift it up to thee.
Sylvia Plath
Emily Dickinson
Elizabeth Bishop
5
For Thine is/ Life is/ For Thine is the This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends/ Not with a bang but a whimper.
Raymond Carver
Hart Crane
T. S. Eliot
6
That you are fair or wise is vain,/ Or strong, or rich, or generous;/ You must have also the untaught strain/ That sheds beauty on the rose./ There is a melody born of melody,/ Which melts the world into a sea.
Russell Edson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mark van Doren
7
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/ To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Robert Frost
John Gould Fletcher
Eugene Field
8
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by/ madness, starving hysterical naked,/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn/ looking for an angry fix,/ angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly/connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.
Randall Jarrell
Donald Hall
Allen Ginsberg
9
Birds singing/ in the dark/ —Rainy dawn.
Galway Kinnell
Jack Kerouac
Larry Levis
10
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,/ Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,/ While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/ As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. / "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door - / Only this, and nothing more."
Edwin Markham
Herman Melville
Edgar Allan Poe
11
Tree you are,/ Moss you are,/ You are violets with wind above them./ A child - so high - you are,/ And all this is folly to the world.
Ezra Pound
Robert Pinsky
Carl Rakosi
12
Once in English they said America. Was it English to them./ Once they said Belgian./ We like a fog./ Do you for weather./ Are we brave./ Are we true./ Have we the national colour.
Anne Sexton
Gertrude Stein
Eleanor Wilner

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