Mothers and Fathers Quiz

Extracts from 25 poems. Name the poet.

1. I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or / next-to-last, of three loved houses went 

2. The Child is father of the Man 

3. Have you news of my boy Jack? 

4. How fine, I thought, this waking amongst men! / I kissed your mouth and pledged my self forever 

5. Do they know they’re old, / These two who are my father and my mother / whose fire, from which I came, has now grown cold?

6. When our daughter found him lying in the shavings, trans- / mogrified backwards from a living body / into a bolt of rodent bread / she turned her back on early motherhood / and went on single, with nothing. 

7. Ma’s face is black with hair / her hands all paws. She does not know me anymore. 

8. I get down on my knees and do what must be done / And kiss Achilles’ hand, the killer of my son 

9. A large transparent baby like a skeleton in a red tree 

10. The moment she died, my mother’s dancedresses / turned from the colours they really were / to the colours I imagine them to be 

11. I am your mother, / and we are kind to snails

12. When all the others were away at Mass / I was all hers as we peeled potatoes  

13. How selfhood begins with a walking away, / And love is proved in the letting go 

14. One marked in circles by a vase of water, / One wounded, when a tidy fit had seized her, / And coloured, by her daughter. 

15. This is my son, mine own Telemachus, / To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle 

16. Farewell, thou Child of my right hand, and joy! / My sin was too much hope of thee, loved boy 

17. Dear Babe, that sleepest cradled by my side, / Whose gentle breathings, heard in this deep calm, / Fill up the interspersed vacancies / And momentary pauses of the thought! 

18. Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me 

19. It was the first gift he ever gave her, / buying it for five five francs in the Galeries / in pre-war Paris. It was stifling. / A starless drought made the nights stormy. 

20. As a decrepit father takes delight / To see his active child do deeds of youth, / So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite, / Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth. 

21. I have answered three questions, and that is enough

22. They wash their feet in soda water

23. But the landlord's black-eyed daughter, / Bess, the landlord's daughter, / Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

24. It dawned on me, aw of a sudden / the sickening reason Paw wis changing./ I'd been the mug. I didnae want tae face / whit was staring me in the face.

25. A man in black with a Meinkampf look

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