Sunday, March 21, 2010

Purloined Poetry - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) "Comin' Through the Rye", Robert Burns (1788). "O, JENNY'S a' weet, poor body, / Jenny's seldom dry; / She draigl't a' her petticoattie / Comin thro' the rye." [Holden Caulfield added the "catcher" part.]
  • A2) "The Doors of Perception", William Blake (from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1793). "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. / For man has closed himself up, til he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." [The band's name may have come third hand via Aldous Huxley's 1954 book by the same name, The Doors of Perception, about hallucinogenic drugs.]
  • A3) "Eloisa to Abelard", Alexander Pope (1717). "How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! / The world forgetting, by the world forgot. / Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! / Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."
  • A4) "Meditation XVII", John Donne (from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, 1624). "No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
  • A5) "The Lonely Hunter", Fiona Macleod (pseudonym of William Sharp, 1896). "Here in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still, / But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill."
  • A6) "Sympathy", Paul Lawrence Dunbar (from Lyrics of the Hearthside, 1899). "I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, / When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,- / When he beats his bars and he would be free; / It is not a carol of joy or glee, / But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core, / But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings - / I know why the caged bird sings!"
  • A7) "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", T.S. Eliot (1915). "Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? / I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. / I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each." and "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea / By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown / Till human voices wake us, and we drown."
  • A8) "Little Orphant Annie", James Whitcomb Riley (1885). "Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay, / An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away."
  • A9) "The Lady of Shalott", Lord Tennyson (1833). "Out flew the web and floated wide; / The mirror crack'd from side to side; / 'The curse is come upon me,' cried / The Lady of Shalott."
  • A10) "Sailing to Byzantium", William Butler Yeats (from The Tower, 1928). "That is no country for old men. The young / In one another's arms, birds in the trees."
  • A11) "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest, with the Plough", Robert Burns (from Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, a.k.a., the Kilmarnock volume, 1785). "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley, / An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, / For promis'd joy!" ["Gang aft agley" translates to "Go oft awry".]
  • A12) "Rainbow in the Sky", Louis Untermeyer (1935). "Wire, briar, linder-lock / Three geese in a flock / One flew east, one flew west / And one flew over the cuckoo's nest." [It may be "limber-lock" instead of "linder-lock".]

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