I’ve decided to do something a little different today to keep the brain cells working and therefore bring you a quick weekend poetry quiz – questions today and answers tomorrow. There are no prizes beyond the smug satisfaction you’ll get from knowing you got the answers right, but poets, we are reliably informed, are above such worldly concerns…!


I’m keeping it simple with one type of question: Can you recite the line that follows each of these famous opening lines? Bonus points if you can also name the poem and the poet. (And points deducted for looking them up on the internet!)


  1. ‘Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,’
  2. ‘She died in the upstairs bedroom’
  3. ‘I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.’
  4. ‘She walks in beauty, like the night’
  5. ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple’
  6. ‘Slowly, silently, now the moon’
  7. ‘This is the night mail crossing the Border,’
  8. ‘It is an ancient Mariner,’
  9. ‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,’
  10. ‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,’


Have fun and make sure you check back tomorrow for the answers!

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