Poetry Quiz! Can You Match these Famous First Lines to the Poem?

Think you’re a poetry expert? Many poetry fans have memorized a poem or two over the years – you may even have one in mind right now. But it can be difficult to remember poetry at will, and even if you can identify it, do you know the title and author offhand? The first lines of poetry are often the most important. They serve to grab the reader’s attention and set the tone for what is next to come. Go ahead and try your hand at matching the first lines of these famous poems to their titles and authors.

Poetry Quiz

Go ahead and try your hand at matching the first lines of these famous poems to their titles and authors.

1.

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may tread me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise…

 

2.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

 

3.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

4.
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

 

5.

April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

 

A. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

B. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

C. Harlem by Langston Hughes

D. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

E. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

 

Answer Key:

1. D        2. A        3. E         4. C         5. B

 

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