Simple Poetry Quiz

_____ These facile questions test your knowledge of popular English language poets and poetry in the 20th Century. Hint: Neither Maya Angelou nor Billy Collins are the correct answer to any of these questions.

  1. The best selling creative writer of the 20th Century was a poet, not a novelist or playwright. Name that poet.

  2. One poem earned its author $500,000 (worth many millions today) during the poet's lifetime. Name the poem and poet.

  3. Two living household names have won their country's highest award for poetry and for another creative writing endeavour. Name the two poets.

  4. The best known 20th Century poem began a tradition. Name the poem and the tradition.

  5. The best known poem of the 1940s was quoted in a famous speech by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Name the poem and poet.


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