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Poetry quiz

Poetry quiz: can you match these first lines to their poem titles?

Many of us have memorized a poem in our day—and may even be able to call it quickly to mind right now. However, even if it’s difficult to recall at will the verses you had recited carefully in school, often all it takes is the first line or two for the entire poem to come pouring forth once more (“Whose woods these are I think I know,” anyone?).

In this sense, the first lines of a poem are truly important; not only must they grab our attention from the first time we set eyes on the text, but they must be intriguing enough for us to memorize (and internalize) them—and even the rest of the poem—for years to come.

Take our quiz to see if you can match these memorable first lines to the poems they introduce.

Click on an entry in the left-hand column below, then click on the entry you think matches it in the right-hand column. When you have selected all the entries you will be shown your score.

Game Over

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