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Poetry Quiz – First Lines

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by Julie A. Fast and Keiko O’Leary, PWL Staff Writers

Attention all poetry lovers! Take our fun quiz to test your knowledge of famous first lines. Revisit some old poetry friends and discover new writers.

Read the first line and see if you can name the poet. The name of the poem and poet are listed below the quiz.

Poetry Quiz – First Lines

    1. What happens to a dream deferred?
    2. Wild nights—Wild nights!
      Were I with thee
    3. A thing of beauty is a joy for ever;
    4. You do not have to be good.
    5. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    6. Let me be free of ligaments and tendencies to change myself into a shape that’s less than spirit.
    7. My black hair
      My thick thick black hair
    8. Congratulations! Today is your day.
      You’re off to Great Places!
      You’re off and away!
    9. Turning and turning in the widening gyre
      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    10. This being human is a guest house.
      Every morning a new arrival.


Answers to the poetry quiz: 1. “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. 2. “Wild Nights” (269) by Emily Dickinson. 3. Endymion by John Keats. 4. “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver. 5. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. 6. “Action Philosophy” by Michael McClure 7. “Midaregami” (Tangled Hair) Akiko Yosano 8. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. 9. “The Second Coming” by W.B Yeats. 10. “The Guest House” by Rumi.


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