April is National Poetry Month. See how well you know an art form that ranges from serious Shakespeare to funny rhymes!
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Haiku typically consist of three lines with five, seven and five syllables. Often, they contain seemingly straightforward observations about the world. Here's one example by Richard Wright: "Whitecaps on the bay: / A broken signboard banging / In the April wind." Where did haiku originate?
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"The Road Not Taken," by American poet Robert Frost, is one of the most famous poems in the United States. See if you can fill in the blank in these lines from the end of the poem: "Two roads ________ in a wood, and I — / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference."
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Maya Angelou is known for her poetry, but she has also won several major entertainment awards. Which awards has she won?
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True or false: Most of Shakespeare's plays, including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hamlet," are written in the form of poetry.
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Which poet wrote "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic," as well as the picture book "The Giving Tree"?
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The Baltimore Ravens’ team name was inspired by which American poet?
Edgar Allan Poe
In his book "Lemonade," poet Bob Raczka showed that a whole poem could be made by rearranging the letters of a single word. Here's one example:
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That poem uses letters from one word. What is it?
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What do you call a silly poem that rhymes and usually has five lines? Here's one example by Edward Lear to get you thinking:
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About how many poems did Emily Dickinson write?
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Who was the first poet to make an address at a presidential inauguration?
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Which poet was considered to be a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance -- a cultural movement based in Harlem, New York, that saw great Black creativity through literature, art, music and more?
Lois Mailou Jones
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Who is the U.S. Poet Laureate?
Tracy K. Smith
This poet was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize when they won in 1950 for their book of poems "Annie Allen."