Yes it’s another Saturday, which means another round for the Random Book Quiz. This time we are focusing on poetry. This round is fairly straightforward: I have given you a snippet of a famous poem and the date it was published, all you need to do is work out who the poet is. As always there are 10 questions to have a go at, plus I have left last week’s answers below if you want to see how well you did.
Enjoy and let me know how you get on!
1. ‘For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?’ (1915)
2. ‘Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.’ (1834)
3. ‘Day after day, night after night,
Laura kept watch in vain
In sullen silence of exceeding pain.
She never caught again the goblin cry:
“Come buy, come buy;”—
She never spied the goblin men
Hawking their fruits along the glen:
But when the noon wax’d bright
Her hair grew thin and grey;
She dwindled, as the fair full moon doth turn
To swift decay and burn
Her fire away.’ (1862)
4. ‘We hoarded the fresh berries in the byre.
But when the bath was filled we found a fur,
A rat-grey fungus, glutting on our cache.
The juice was stinking too. Once off the bush
The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour.
I always felt like crying. It wasn’t fair
That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot.’ (1966)
5. ‘Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.’ (1965)
6. ‘I said
“Fra Pandolf” by design, for never read
Strangers like you that pictured countenance,
The depth and passion of its earnest glance,
But to myself they turned (since none puts by
The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)
And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,
How such a glance came there; so, not the first
Are you to turn and ask thus. Sir, ’twas not
Her husband’s presence only, called that spot
Of joy into the Duchess’ cheek’ (1842)
7. ‘I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:’ (1818)
8. ‘7 April 1852
Went to the Zoo.
I said to Him—
Something about that Chimpanzee over there reminds me of you.’ (1999)
9. ‘But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.’ (1983)
10. ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;’ (1609)
Answers for Round 5
- Virginia Woolf (The Hours)
- AA Milne (Goodbye Christopher Robin)
- Hans Christian Andersen (Hans Christian Andersen)
- Jane Austen (Becoming Jane)
- Mary Shelley (Mary Shelley)
- William Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love)
- Truman Capote (Capote)
- Oscar Wilde (Wilde)
- Beatrix Potter (Miss Potter)
- Zelda & F Scott Fitzgerald (Midnight in Paris)