Quiz: winter 

The ten winners of our Winter Quiz - sent with the winter 2011/12 issues of Review and News: S J Redmond - Liverpool; Dr Sandra Sullivan - London; David Peter - Powys; Marilyn Francis - Radstock; Keith Lander - Northwich; Chris Jackson - Plymouth; Richard Eastburn-Hewitt - Hampton Wick; Hannah Linden-Nicholson - Totnes; Helen Jagger Wood - Camelford; Lance Pierson - London. In total there were 110 entries. Everyone wins a selection of poetry books.

Who wrote the lines from the following poems with a 'winter' theme?


Answers

1. There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

2. His belly is white, his neck is dark, / And his hair is an exclamation-mark.

3. And thou away, the very birds are mute. / Or, if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer, / That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.

4. The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass

5. These nights are gifts, / our hands unwrapping the darkness / to see what we have.

6. And Winter’s dregs made desolate / The weakening eye of day.

7. I am a thousand winds that blow. / I am the diamond glints on snow.

8. Monks are at it again, quaffing, carousing; / And stage-coaches, cantering out of Merrie England / in a flurry of whips and fetlocks, sacks and Santas.

9. Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice.

10. We watch the fire blazing, / And feel the roots of the house move, but sit on, / Seeing the window tremble to come in…

11. The Frost performs its secret ministry, / Unhelped by any wind.

12. Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier / Of a defeated army, you'll stay at your post, / Head bared to the first snow flake.