Thursday, April 21, 2011

Poetry Contest and Give-Away

In honor of National Poetry Month, I'm offering a new edition (January 2011) of John O'Donohue's poems, Echoes of Memory, to the first person who can name the poets who are the subjects of the clues and the titles of the films about the poets. For question #4, please name each of the poets, because if you know one you will know the other. Only one of the films is not relatively recent.

You must answer all the questions correctly and in order to win. 


1. This poet's wife was misdiagnosed as insane and eventually committed to an asylum. He never divorced her.

2. This poet was an alcoholic whose wife became fast friends with his childhood sweetheart. He died in a New York City hospital.

3. She mourned this poet for six years after his death from tuberculosis.

4. Both poets, they met at a party, their attraction instantaneous.

5. The oldest of 12 children, she had by age 12 written her first epic poem: four books of rhyming couplets.

6. Many people have never read a word by this poet, though they "know" his name. He was a founding member of a major literary movement, a champion of civil rights, a photographer, a songwriter, a teacher.

Please leave your answers, in the same order as the questions, in the comments section. The deadline is April 30. I'll announce the winner on Monday, May 2. Please be sure to spell out an e-mail address if you cannot be reached through your blog.

Have fun!


Louise Gallagher said...

Oooh. You don't make this easy.

I'll be back! gotta run now -- the first pages are coming off the press this morning and I want to be there for press check!

Maureen said...

Hint: Searching on certain key words will help you identify a site where all the answers can be found in one place.

Padmavani Karkera said...

1. The poet: T.S Eliot The film: Tom & Viv (1994)

2. The poet: Dylan Thomas The film: Edge of Love (2008)

3. The poet: John Keats and Fanny Brown. The film:(Bright Star 2009)

4. Both poets, they met at a party, their attraction instantaneous. The poet: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. The film: Sylvia (2003)

5. The poet: Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The film: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934).

6. The poet: Irwin Allen Ginsberg. The film: Howl (2010)

Padmavani said...

Hi Maureen
I sent the answers to you a minute ago. But I had to tell you this, therefore this second comment... This was so much fun and educational. Perhaps that was your intent?

Deborah said...

Lovely-looking book of poetry with an evocative title. Sorry, but I don't have much of a clue about winning it through answering these questions! When I studied Eng Lit it was all about the supremacy of the text - it never dawned on me that biography might have had a few interesting pointers... Now I'm paying for that silliness!

S. Etole said...

What an intriguing series of questions ...