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Quiz 2019 


Number  20

A Quiz on Poetry



Set by Mel Kinsey

Identify to poem these lines are taken from


1/  "...Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch of the North Church tower as a signal light. -- One if by land and two by sea....."

Paul Revere's Ride (1860) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2/  "Hail to the, blithe spirit!

      Bird thou never wert-

      That from heaven or near it

      Pourest thy full heart

      In profuse strains of unpremeditated art....."

To a Skylark (1820)   by Percy Byss Shelley

3/  "How do I love the? Let me count the ways.

      I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

      My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

      for the ends of Being and ideal Grace..."

Sonnet 43 from Sonnets from the Portuguese  (1850) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

4/  "...And before the street begins,

      And the grass grows soft and white,

      And there the sun burns crimson bright,

      And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

      To cool in the peppermint wind..."

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) by Shel Silverstein

5/  "... Where both deliberate, the love is slight,

      Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?"

Hero and Leander (1592) by Christopher Marlowe

6/  "... The larks on the wing; 

      The snal's on the thorn;

      God's  in his heaven -

      All's right with the world!...."

Pippa Passes (1841) by Robert Browning

7/  "...And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking..."

Sea-Fever (1902) by  John Masefield

8/  "...Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May..."

Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

9/  "...Old age should burn and rage at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."   

Do not go gentle into that good night  (1951) by Dylan Thomas

10/  "... My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-

It gives a lovely light!"

A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) by Edna St.Vincent Millay

11/  "...In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand, dare seize the fire?..."

The Tyger  from Songs of Experience  (1794)  by William Blake

12/  "April is the cruellest month,

breeding Lilacs out of the dead land,

mixing memory and desire,

stiring dull roots with spring rain..."

The Wasteland  (1922) by T.S.Eliot

12/  "...Beuty is truth, truth beauty - that is all

that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know/"

Ode on a grecian Urn  (1819)  by John Keats

13/ " ... No more:; where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise."

Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (1742) by Thomas Gray

14/ "...Allminsy were the borogroves,

And the mome raths outgrage..."

Jabberwoky from Through the Looking Glass (1872) by Lewis Carroll

15/ " the night 

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all thats best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes..."

She Walks in Beauty   (1814) by Lord Byron

16/ "....To take us lands away

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry-

This Traverses may the poorset take...."

There is no Frigate like a Book (1924) by Emily Dickinson

17/ "... I hold it is true, whate'er befall;

I feel it, when I sorrow most;

'Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all..."

In Memorium A.H.H.  (1850) by Alfred Lord Tennyson

18/ "... A little learning is a dang'rous thing;

Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring..."

An Essay on Criticism (1711) by Alexander Pope

19/ "....Far from the madding crowdd's ignoble strife,

Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;

Along the cool sequester'd vale of life

The keep noiseless tenour of their way..."

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard  (1749)  by Thomas Gray

20/ "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying:

And this same flower that smiles today,

Tomorrow will be dying..."

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time (1648) by Robert Herrick





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