Poetry Puzzle – Can you Guess the Poem?

We’ve often played games that require us to guess the name of a movie or a song. But, we’ve never tried doing the same when it comes to poems. Why? Because it’s hard; it’s hard to guess the name of a poem just by hearing a few lines from it. The lines might seem familiar, and we could swear we’ve heard them before, but, the name of the poem stubbornly evades us. Isn’t it frustrating to realize you can’t remember the name of a poem you spent days reading and trying to understand? Well, the only way to get better at this game is by quizzing ourselves incessantly and untiringly. Slowly, we’ll surely be able to name at least the few famous ones we’ve read even if our only clue is a couple of lines from one of its verses.

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Here are key verses from five well-known poems. How many of these poems can you name? (Answers shared at the end, but no cheating!)

1.

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run”

(Hint: The poem pays tribute to a season in which trees lose their verdant coats!)

2.

“Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

(Hint: The poem urges the reader to put up a tough fight against the universal leveller – death)

3.

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill

Of things unknown but longed for still

And his tune is heard on the distant hill for

The caged bird sings of freedom.”

(Hint: The realization you reach after reading the poem)

4.

“Exult O shores, and ring O bells!

But I with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,

Fallen cold and dead.”

(Hint: Robbin Williams takes the name of this poem on as a nickname in the movie Dead Poets Society)

5.

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,

starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking

for an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly

connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,”

(Hint: ‘Yowl’ works as a good synonym for the title)

 

Answers:

  1. Ode to Autumn – John Keats, 2. Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night – Bob Dylan, 3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou, 4. O Captain! My Captain! – Walt Whitman, 5. Howl – Allen Ginsberg