The lines “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree” were written by US poet Joyce Kilmer. Which of the following is not true about Kilmer?
A. Kilmer was a man who died in battle during World War I.
B. Kilmer was a woman who frequented the Algonquin Round Table in the 1930s.
C. There is a rest stop named after Kilmer on the New Jersey Turnpike.
True or false: Vidal Sassoon was an English poet known for his pacifism.
Captain John D. McCrae (1872-1918) wrote In Flanders Fields to commemorate the lost soldiers of World War I. Which country is Flanders in?
True or false: Caribbean poet Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature
Which of the following was not written by Canadian poet Robert W. Service (1874-1958)?
A. Cremation of Sam McGee
B. The Shooting of Dan McGrew
C. The Call of the Wild
Pablo Neruda won the 1971 Nobel Prize in literature. True or false: During his lifetime, Neruda remained an honored citizen in his home country of Chile.
Rubén Darío (1867-1916) was considered the finest poet writing in the Spanish language at the turn of the century. Which country was he from?
B. Dominican Republic
True or false: Several US beat poets of the 1950s lived and worked in Mexico.
South Africa has produced a number of internationally known writers, such as J.M. Coetzee (born 1940) and Nadine Gordimer (born 1923), as well as some accomplished poets. Who among the following is not a South African poet?
A. Chinua Achebe
B. Breyten Breytenbach
C. Roy Campbell
Scots author Robert Burns (1759-1796) wrote such well-known poems as Merry Hae I Been Teethin a Heckle. True or false: Burns wrote his poems in Gaelic.
B. A war hero born in New Jersey, Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), has a turnpike rest stop named after him. The lines are from his poem Trees.
False. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English poet who became a pacifist after serving in World War I. Vidal Sassoon sells hair-care products.
True. Walcott, born in 1930 in St. Lucia, studied and worked in Jamaica and won the Nobel in 1992.
C. This short novel was written by another author associated with the Yukon, US author Jack London (1876-1916).
False. A Communist, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was in exile from 1948 to 1952. The 1995 film Il Postino (The Postman) was based on his life.
C. Darío is also credited with leading the modernism movement of Spanish American literature.
True. Among others, Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) and William S. Burroughs (born 1914) lived in Mexico.
A. Achebe (born 1930) is Nigeria’s most famous novelist.
False. Burns wrote in dialect, but the language was English.