Modernist Poetry Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why was The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters so shocking at the time it was written?

Question 2 2. What is one way the poems of E.A. Robinson and Wallace Stevens are different?

Question 3 3. Why did Robert Frost title his most famous poem 'The Road Not Taken'?

Question 4 4. How did E.A. Robinson change the language of poetry?

Question 5 5.

What does William Carlos Williams' poem 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus' (below) say about death?

'According to Brueghel

when Icarus fell

it was spring

a farmer was ploughing

his field

the whole pageantry

of the year was

awake tingling

near

the edge of the sea

concerned

with itself

sweating in the sun

that melted

the wings' wax

unsignificantly

off the coast

there was

a splash quite unnoticed

this was

Icarus drowning'

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Question 6 6. Why is Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem 'First Fig' considered to be modernist?

Question 7 7. In T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets (1942), which poem is about water?

Question 8 8.

What kind of poem is Hilda Doolittle's 'Oread?'

'Whirl up, sea -

Whirl your pointed pines,

Splash your great pines

On our rocks,

Hurl your green over us -

Cover us with your pools of fir.'

Question 9 9. Which of the following is a theme of 'Buffalo Bill's/defunct' by E.E. Cummings ?

Question 10 10. How is T. S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' organized?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following lines from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock best exhibit T. S. Eliot's use of internal and half-rhymes?

Question 12 12. What made Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems Modernist?

Question 13 13. Which of the following statements about 'What Lips My Lips Have Kissed' by Edna St. Vincent Millay is FALSE?

Question 14 14. Why is T.S. Eliot's Tradition in the Individual Talent controversial?

Question 15 15. Perspectivism is a philosophy which asserts that _____.

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Question 16 16. What is a haiku?

Question 17 17. How does Sylvia Plath's poetry differ from most other Modernist's?

Question 18 18.

What is the mood of Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' (below):

'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;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.'

Question 19 19. What does the word defunct mean in the E.E. Cummings poem 'Buffalo Bill's/defunct'?

Question 20 20. Of the following, who would you MOST expect to relate to the theme of W.D. Snodgrass's 'Heart's Needle' ?

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Question 21 21. Which T.S. Eliot poem contains the famous lines, This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper?

Question 22 22. To which movement of literature does T. S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock most closely belong?

Question 23 23. What is free verse?

Question 24 24. Hart Crane's 'The Bridge' was a response to what other Modernist poem that Crane thought was too pessimistic?

Question 25 25. E.A. Robinson isn't as famous as other Modernist poets, so why do we remember him?

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Question 26 26. Hart Crane's The Bridge is considered to be a response to which influential poem by T. S. Eliot?

Question 27 27. What allusion does T.S. Eliot make at the end of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?

Question 28 28. What is the poetry of e.e. cummings known for?

Question 29 29. Which line (or lines) from T. S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land' may offer an explanation of the poem's disjointed structure and inclusion of countless snippets of other texts?

Question 30 30. Which of the following is a theme of E. A. Robinson's poem 'Richard Cory'?

Modernist Poetry Chapter Exam Instructions

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