'Home' Quiz

50 questions on the National Poetry Day 2010 theme of 'home'.

1. In Tennyson's ‘Lady of Shalott’, a handsome knight is seen riding home – to where?

2. In Craig Raine’s poem, who or what is sending a postcard home?

3. In the film of the same name, ET ‘phones home’. Which poet wrote ‘Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone…’?

4. Robert Browning writes in ‘Home Thoughts, From Abroad’: ‘Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there’. In which country did Browning live for most of his married life?

5. In a Philip Larkin poem, he wrote ‘Nothing, like something, happens anywhere’ about his childhood home. Name the city.

6. Castries was the childhood home of which Nobel Prize winning poet?

7. Which poet remembers life at home with his mother in this poem extract: ‘When all the others were away at Mass / I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.’?

8. In this poem extract, which poet writes about sitting alone at home by the fire while ‘The Frost performs its secret ministry, / Unhelped by any wind’?

9. ‘Busy old fool, unruly Sun, / Why dost thou thus, / Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?’ – which poet is describing being rudely awakened at home?

10. If John Hegley is watching his favourite football team at their home ground, which town is he in?

11. The TV series ‘Home and Away’ is made in Australia. Which poet, also ‘made in Australia’, has a poetry collection called ‘Subhuman Redneck Poems’?

12. In a William Blake poem, who or what has a home in ‘the forests of the night’?

13. According to Coleridge, where was Kubla Khan’s home?

14. Which town did Miss J Hunter Dunn call home?

15. John Haynes’s Costa Prize winning poetry collection ‘Letter to Patience’ is written in the form of a series of letters from Britain to Patience’s home – in which country?

16. Which poet describes the consequence of a lover leaving home as: ‘His absence wasn’t a problem / But the corkscrew has gone as well’?

17. In this poem extract, which poet writes about being at home on a windy night as: ‘We watch the fire blazing, / And feel the roots of the house move, but sit on, / Seeing the window tremble to come in, / Hearing the stones cry out under the horizons’?

18. ‘The tangled bine-stems scored the sky / Like strings of broken lyres, / And all mankind that haunted nigh / Had sought their household fires.’ This is an extract from ‘The Darkling Thrush’. Who wrote it?

19. ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ is a Bob Dylan song from his album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’. Which Scottish poet wrote ‘Pass the tambourine, let me bash out praises / to the Lord God of movement, to Absolute / non-friction, flight, and the scarey side’?

20. In the Greek epic poem, ‘The Odyssey’, Odysseus takes ten years to return home after the Trojan War. To where?

21. ‘On a tour of one night stands / My suitcase and guitar in hand / And every stop is neatly planned / For a poet and a one man band’ – what’s the name of this song?

22. Which poet, born in 1854, had his home town in Charleville?

23. Where was Wordsworth’s home from 1799 to 1808?

24. In Alfred Noyes’s ‘The Highwayman’, Bess has a home in what type of establishment?

25. U A Fanthorpe’s ‘Earthed’ is described by the poet as ‘a love poem to the various places where I’ve lived in England’, where there are ‘gardens, / Loved more than children, // Bright with resourcefulness and smelling / Of rain’. What does the initial ‘U’ stand for?

26. Who wrote of a mouse’s home ‘Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin! / It’s silly wa’s the win's are strewin!’?

27. Which poet wrote these lovely lines featuring birds in their natural home? "Over the land half freckled with snow half-thawed / The speculating rooks at their nests cawed, / And saw from elm-tops, delicate as a flower of grass, / What we below could not see, Winter pass."

28. Which poet wrote ‘I remember, I remember / The house where I was born’?

29. Where was home for Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poplars?

30. ‘And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns / About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home, / In the sun that is young once only’. Which home is Dylan Thomas writing about?

31. In which poem does John Masefield say he wants to leave home to go ‘to the vagrant gypsy life, / To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife’?

32. ‘Three Summers since I chose a maid’ begins a poem by Charlotte Mew. Who did ‘the maid’ have an unhappy home and marriage with?

33. Philip Webb designed the Red House in Bexleyheath, South London, home to which 19th Century poet?

34. In which American poem is a man disturbed at home by ‘a tapping, / As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door’?

35. ‘If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang, / Please let me know beforehand, / And I will come out to meet you /As far as Cho-fu-Sa.’ Who is forlornly waiting for her husband to come home?

36. ‘O, never say that I was false of heart, / Though absence seem’d my flame to qualify. / As easy might I from myself depart / As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie: / That is my home of love.’ Name the poet.

37. In which Shelley poem is a traveller’s home described as ‘an antique land’?

38. In this extract from a poem by Oscar Wilde, what ‘temporary home’ gives its name to the title? ‘I walked, with other souls in pain, / Within another ring, / And was wondering if the man had done / A great or little thing, / When a voice behind me whispered low, / "That fellow's got to swing”.’

39. In the poem extract, where does Yeats long to make his home? "I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; / While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, / I hear it in the deep heart's core."

40. In ‘Holyday’, Emily Bronte wrote ‘The house is old, the trees are bare, / And moonless bends the misty dome, / But what on earth is half so dear, / So longed for as the hearth of home’. Where was home for Bronte and her siblings?

41. ‘Just now the lilac is in bloom, / All before my little room; / And in my flower-beds, I think, / Smile the carnation and the pink; / And down the borders, well I know, / The poppy and the pansy blow’. Which home is Rupert Brooke describing?

42. In a poem, Raymond Carver describes a perfect time at home as ‘Cool summer nights. / Windows open. / Lamps burning. / Fruit in the bowl. / And your head on my shoulder. / These the happiest moments in the day.’? Which poet was Carver’s long-term partner and (briefly) wife?

43. In this home scene from a Carol Ann Duffy poem, which character says: "I'd just poured a glass of wine, begun / to unwind, while the vegetables cooked. The kitchen / filled with the smell of itself"?

44. In a poem called ‘Home’, which Irish poet wrote: ‘what counts is having someone / you can phone at five to ask // for the immersion heater to be switched to ‘bath’ / and the pizza taken from the deepfreeze’?

45. A little girl burns down her home in which poem by Hilaire Belloc?

46. ‘Christopher Robin went down with Alice’ to whose home?

47. In a poem, which poet was nostalgic for ‘The happy highways where I went / And cannot come again’?

48. Who was the ‘handsomest of all the women’ whose home was ‘in the land of the Dacotahs’?

49. Which country did Nina Cassian call home until she moved to America?

50. In a ‘home’ poem, which Scottish poet answers the question ‘Where do you come from?’ with ‘Here, I said, Here. These parts’?

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