Poetry Trivia Questions And Answers

Are you a poet and you didn’t know it? Anyone can enjoy poetry even if they have no talent for it themselves (as our introductory line here proves!) but just how well do you know the famous poems and poets? Find out with these fun free poetry trivia questions and answers!

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20 Poetry Trivia Questions

Put your literary knowledge to the test with these poetry trivia questions. Good luck!

1. Who wrote “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”?

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

2. In which famous London church would you find “Poet’s Corner”?

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Westminster Abbey.

3. Who wrote the Greek epic poem “Odyssey”?

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Homer.

4. “The Raven” is a narrative poem by which U.S. writer?

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Edgar Allan Poe.

5. Who wrote the epic religious poem “Paradise Lost”?

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John Milton.

6. “Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story; The days of our youth are the days of our glory” are the opening lines of which Lord Byron poem?

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All for Love.

7. Which poet wrote “Ode on Melancholy” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn”?

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John Keats.

8. Which Romantic poet wrote “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”?

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William Wordsworth.

9. In “The Village Inn” by John Betjeman, what did Hodge talk of “with all a rustic’s intuition”?

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Marx and nuclear fission.

10. Which American poet produced the poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”?

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Walt Whitman.

11. “The Waste Land” is a poem by which writer?

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T. S. Eliot.

12. Which Robert Frost poem begins with the line “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood”?

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The Road Not Taken.

13. “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” are the closing lines of which poem?

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“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley.

14. Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night” starts with the lines “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day”. What is the next line?

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Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

15. “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is a poem by which poet?

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Thomas Gray.

16. According to William Blake, what was “burning bright, in the forests of the night”?

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Tyger, tyger.

17. “Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred” are the opening lines of which Alfred Lord Tennyson poem?

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The Charge of the Light Brigade.

18. According to Robert Burns, what type of animal was a “Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie”?

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A mouse (from the poem “To a Mouse”).

19. The most famous work by Canadian poet John McCrae was written by him after he conducted the burial service of his friend who was killed near Ypres during World War I. What is it called?

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In Flanders Field.

20. Which American poet wrote the poem “Daddy” shortly after separating from her husband, English poet Ted Hughes, and a few months before her death?

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Sylvia Plath.

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