April is national poetry month and national poetry writing month. In honor of that and to test your poetry skills, take our quiz to see how many poem authors, titles and styles, as well as questions about famous poets, you can identify correctly.
a. Let me not to the marriage of true minds
b. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
c. Those lips that Love's own hand did make
d. Love is too young to know what conscience is
The most referenced sonnet by William Shakespeare is Sonnet 18, which begins "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
a. 3,950-4,000 years old
b. 2,989-3,039 years old
c. 1,587-2,137 years old
d. 1,222-1,272 years old
The oldest poem written in English is "Beowulf." Written in one of the earliest dialects of English, the manuscript is about Beowulf, a hero from Scandinavia who saves the Danes from two monsters.
T.S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 for, according to Nobel Media, "his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry."
Hughes was named "class poet" in 8th grade. According to a New York Times article from 1967, the experience contributed to his becoming a poet:
"I was a victim of a stereotype," he observed wryly. "There were only two of us Negro kids in the whole class and our English teacher was always stressing the importance of rhythm in poetry.
"Well, everyone knows — except us — that all Negroes have rhythm, so they elected me class poet. I felt I couldn't let my white classmates down, and I've been writing poetry ever since."
Charles Perrault in France published the first collection of Mother Goose stories in 1697. "Les Contes de ma Mère l'Oie" (Tales of my Mother Goose) was translated into English in 1729 by Robert Samber, in his book titled "Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose."
A traditional Haiku in English is made up of 17 syllables in a 5-7-5 format.
Dr. Seuss' full name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. Seuss was his mother's maiden name.
a. President George H.W. Bush
b. President George W. Bush
c. President Bill Clinton
d. President Barack Obama
Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" during President Clinton's inauguration on Jan. 20, 1993.
a. 116,000 lines
b. 175,000 lines
c. 220,000 lines
d. 245,000 lines
The longest written poem is the Mahabharata, which has 220,000 lines or about 1.8 million words.
a. Pablo Neruda
b. Robert Frost
c. William Ernest Henley
d. Roald Dahl
"The Road Not Taken" was published in 1916 in the collection "Mountain Interval."
Emily Dickinson passed away May 15, 1886, when she was 55 years old. During her lifetime, she only had seven poems published. When she passed away, her sister found more than 1,000 poems in her room and had them published.
The Vanguard Press published the Dr. Seuss book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” in 1937. The last story that was published was "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" in 1990.
a. 4,043-4,051 years old
b. 5,035-5,043 years old
c. 2,021-2,029 years old
d. 1,502-1,510 years old
The oldest surviving love poem titled "Istanbul #2461" was written on a clay tablet, and it is believed the bride of Sumerian King Shu-Sin recited it during their wedding between 2037 and 2029 B.C.
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.
A limerick is generally 5 lines long with lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyming, and with 3 and 4 rhyming with each other. They have a bouncy rhythm and usually are humorous.