As promised, I bring you the answers to the opening line quiz from yesterday.

But first, a reminder of the questions!

  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,’


And now for the answers:

  1. ‘Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,’ (Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Raven’)
  2. ‘By the light of the ev’ning star’ (John Betjeman, ‘Death in Leamington’)
  3. ‘Whatever you see I swallow immediately’ (Sylvia Plath, ‘The Mirror)
  4. ‘Of cloudless climes and starry skies;’ (Lord Byron, ‘She walks in beauty’)
  5. ‘With a red hat which doesn’t’ go, and doesn’t suit me.’ (Jenny Joseph, ‘Warning’)
  6. ‘Walk the night in her silver shoon;’ (Walter de la Mare, ‘Silver’)
  7. ‘Bringing the cheque and the postal order,’ (W. H. Auden, ‘Night Mail’)
  8. ‘And he stoppeth one of three.’ (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’)
  9. ‘And sorry I could not travel both’ (Robert Frost, ‘The Road Not Taken’)
  10. ‘And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,’ (John Masefield, ‘Sea Fever’)


If you’re scoring, give yourself two points if you could recite the line correctly, plus an extra point for the poet and a point for the poem’s title. How many did you score?

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