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Poetry/Essays/Etc

Naming Poems, Essays and other "non-Novels" and their writers from Description

QuestionAnswer
POEM AND AUTHOR: title figure offered "bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths" and is told "for you the shore's a-crowding", a ship "has weather'd every rack" returns though its leader has "fallen cold and dead" "O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!" by Walt WHITMAN
POET: Poet's Corner at Westminster Abby bears a quote by this author of "Dulce et Decorum est" Wilfred OWEN
BOOK AND AUTHOR: first chapter notes that title activity "is based on deception", suggests you should "appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak" and that it is best to "subdue the enemy without fighting", military treatise The Art of War by SUN TZU
WRITER: argued "intellectual freedom depends upon material things", claimed "women have always been poor", wrote essay "A Room of One's Own" and "To the Lighthouse" Virginia WOOLF
POEM AND AUTHOR: sonnet, "Ancient lands" told to keep their "storied pomp", "give me your tired, your poor...", inscribed on Statue of Liberty The NEW COLOSSUS by Emma LAZARUS
POET: used numerous dashes in poems such as "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain" and "Because I could not stop for Death", recluse known as the "Belle of Amherst" Emily DICKINSON
POET SURNAME: surname shared by an author who coined the term "less is more" in a poem titled for Italian painter Andrea del Sarto as well as a poet who wrote a sonnet starting with "how do I love thee?" BROWNING (Robert and Elizabeth Barrett)
WRITER: in one book, a "Savoyard vicar" defends natural religion; wrote educational treatise Emile, argued against divine right of kings in book with opening "man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains" - The Social Contract Jean-Jacques ROUSSEAU
POEM AND AUTHOR: title figure asked if there is "balm in Gilead" and told to return to the night's "Plutonian shore", title figure perches on a bust of Pallas while the speaker mourns Lenore The RAVEN by Edgar Allan POE
BOOK: In second part a family walks past chained lions on encouragement from Great-heart, Mr. Worldly Wiseman offers bad advice to Christian who visits Vanity Fair before reaching the Celestial City by John Bunyan The PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
STORY: published 1882, ends after a princess points at a door and describes a choice that leads to marriage or death, by Frank Stockton The LADY, OR THE TIGER?
POET: poem "Let America Be America Again" includes asides such as 'it never was America to me', wrote 'I bathed in the Euphrates' in his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers, wrote 'what happens to a dream deferred?' in his poem "Harlem" Langston HUGHES
BOOK AND AUTHOR: third part describes a "Christian" commonwealth; claims human existence took the form of a "war of all against all" in the "state of nature", that state is said to be "nasty, brutish, and short" LEVIATHAN by Thomas HOBBES
ANTHROPOLOGIST: French, examined bricolage in "The Savage Mind", opened four-volume Mythologiques with a book called "The Raw and the Cooked" Claude LEVI-STRAUSS (need BOTH parts of that last name)
COLLECTION AND WRITER: this collection documents life in the title midwestern town as observed by the journalist George Willard (hint: set in Ohio) WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood ANDERSON
WRITER: described "heap" of winnings risked "on one turn of pitch-and-toss" in a poem listing qualities of "a Man", urged colonial powers to "send forth the best ye breed", Englishman who wrote "If-" and "The White Man's Burden" Rudyard KIPLING
WRITER: vowed to Saint Anne after nearing being struck by lightning led him to leave law school and enter theology, summoned to 1521 Diet of Worms after lambasting sale of indulgences, wrote "95 Theses" to initiate Protestant Reformation Martin LUTHER
WRITER: reclusive American, created Glass family for stories such as "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" J.D. SALINGER
POEM AND AUTHOR: imagines a "little town" whose streets will forever be "silent", after asking "what pipes and timbrels?" the poem claims "heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard/sweeter", contains maxim "beauty is truth, truth beauty" ODE ON A GRECIAN URN by John KEATS
POET: described man with "large and sinewy hands" standing "under a spreading chestnut tree", Fireside Poet, began work with instruction "listen, my children, and you shall hear", wrote "The Village Blacksmith" and "Paul Revere's Ride" Henry Wadsworth LONGFELLOW
ANTHROPOLOGIST: book Aku-Aku chronicled investigation of Easter Island, sailed across Pacific on raft to prove Polynesians could have come from South America, led Kon-Tiki expedition Thor HEYERDAHL
POET: wrote "perfection is terrible, it cannot have children" in poem "The Munich Mannequins", declared "there's a stake in your fat black heart" and "every woman adores a Fascist" in poem "Daddy", killed herself in 1963 Sylvia PLATH
POEM AND POET: this poem asserts that the "only emperor" is the emperor of a specific type of dessert The EMPEROR OF ICE-CREAM by Wallace STEVENS
WRITER: French thinker discussed properties of a ball of wax in the second of his Meditations on First Philosophy, "cogito ergo sum" Rene DESCARTES
POEM: features refrain "glory, glory, hallelujah", printed in The Atlantic Monthly in 1862 by Julia Ward Howe, more popular as a Civil War era song BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
STORY AND WRITER: narrator claims "disease" has sharpened his senses and is bothered by a man's "vulture"-like eye; ends with call to "tear up" floorboards to reveal a murder victim The TELL-TALE HEART by Edgar Allan POE
ANTHROPOLOGIST: accuracy of her book criticized by Derek Freeman; she wrote Coming of Age in Samoa, which is about the psychosexual development of girls on the island of Ta'u Margaret MEAD
STORY AND WRITER: story named after a man who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains during the Revolutionary War and wakes up decades later RIP VAN WINKLE by Washington IRVING
BOOK AND AUTHOR: chapter 25 uses metaphor of raging river to describe the concept of "fortune"; argues it is "far safer" for the title figure "to be feared than loved"; political treatise The PRINCE by Niccolo MACHIAVELLI
AUTHOR: his 1939 collection claims these animals require "three different names" including "particular" ones such as "Quaxo"; his book about cats is attributed to "Old Possum" T.S. ELIOT (the book is Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats)
POEM AND AUTHOR: claims that heaven was "watered" by the "tears" of stars who "threw down their spears"; subject of the poem is asked "did he who made the Lamb make thee?"; about a beast with "fearful symmetry" that stalks the "forests of the night" The TYGER by William BLAKE
AUTHOR: portrayed fictional Republic of Anchuria in 1904 collection Cabbages and Kings; in one story by this author, Della sells her hair to buy a watch chain for her husband O. HENRY (story was The Gift of the Magi)
ELEGY: Thomas Gray wrote "the curfew tolls the knell of parting day" in this elegy whose title claims that it was composed in a general type of place ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD (If asked for the location, churchyard, graveyard, or cemetary work)
WRITER: while in a French prison, he worked on a book opposing religion titled The Age of Reason; he wrote "these are the times that try men's souls" in a series called The American Crisis; argued for the Revolutionary War in Common Sense Thomas PAINE
POEM AND AUTHOR: describes retainers who were executed for looking at Queen Modthryth; title character returns to serve King Hygelac after crossing the sea to defend the mead hall of Heorot; named for hero who kills Grendel BEOWULF by ANONYMOUS
WRITER: a number of his characters appeared on the radio quiz show It's a Wise Child; in the 1950s he moved to Cornish, New Hampshire, and became a recluse; created Pencey Prep student Holden Caulfield J.D. SALINGER (last clue references The Catcher in the Rye)
WRITER: called a "thoroughgoing racist" in Chinua Achebe's essay "An Image of Africa"; in one novel by him, the title sailor abandons the ship Patna; in another novel by him, Marlow seeks the ivory trader Kurtz Joseph CONRAD (second clue references LORD JIM, third is HEART OF DARKNESS)
WRITER: described creatures with stars on their bellies, who discriminate against their "Plain" brethren, in his story "The Sneetches" DR. SEUSS
POEM: exemplifies the "nostos" genre (hero journeys homeward); after being disguised as a beggar by Athena, the protagonist talks to the swineherd Eumaeus; the protagonist is tied to a mast by his sailors so he can safely hear the song of the Sirens The ODYSSEY by HOMER (protagonist is Odysseus)
SPEECH AND SPEAKER: states that a group of people was given a "bad check" marked "insufficient funds"; speaker began to improvise after Mahalia Jackson shouted "tell them" about the title concept; ends with words "free at last" I HAVE A DREAM by Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr.
STORY AND WRITER: story ends with the protagonist recalling the warning of an "old-timer" at Sulphur Creek before he dies and his dog runs off to find warmth; unnamed protagonist freezes to death after failing to perform the title action TO BUILD A FIRE by Jack LONDON
POEM AND POET: speaker proclaims that he is "not Prince Hamlet"; begins with the request "let us go then, you and I"; by T.S. Eliot The LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK by T.S. ELIOT
POEM AND POET: epic that describes "Man's first disobedience" while seeking to "justify the ways of God to men" PARADISE LOST by John MILTON
POETRY: "To the Reader" is the opening poem in this 1857 collection by French poet Charles Baudelaire, who described its contents as "unhealthy blooms" Les FLEURS DU MAL or The FLOWERS OF EVIL
SOCIOLOGIST: German who applied sociology to religion in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Max WEBER
STORY: A knight learns that women wish to have "sovereignty" over their husbands in a story narrated by this character from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales The WIFE OF BATH
POEM: epic attributed to the sage Valmiki; a prince of Ayodhya rescues his wife Sita from the demon Ravana RAMAYANA
POEM: describes children who "were nestled all snug in their beds"; set during a time when "not a creature was stirring" A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS or Twas the NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
BOOK: historical non-fiction by Erik Larson recounting the World's Columbian Exposition (World's Fair) in Chicago in 1893 The DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
AUTHOR: described being "midway upon the journey of our life" in a poem that opens in a "dark forest" where the narrator sees a leopard, lion, and wolf; many of his poems celebrate a woman named Beatrice; depicted torments of hell in poem Inferno DANTE ALIGHIERI (accept either portion...go with just DANTE)
CHARACTER: in a Mark Twain story, is the namesake of Jim Smiley's jumping frog; in another story, this man defends Jabez Stone in front of "jury of the damned"; devil battles this man in a Stephen Vincent Benet story Daniel WEBSTER (second story is The DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER...Twain story is "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County")
PHILOSOPHER: referred to Islamic thinker Averroes as "the Commentator"; Aristotle's thought inspired some of this man's "quinque viae", which are five proofs of the existence of God; wrote Summa Theologica Saint THOMAS AQUINAS (either part in CAPS)
AUTHOR: wrote about the origin of an Irishman's crescent-shaped scar in "The Form of the Sword"; in one of his stories, Stephen Albert discovers that Ts'ui Pen created a labyrinth in the form of a novel; blind Argentine wrote "The Garden of Forking Paths" Jorge Luis BORGES
TEXT: memorized by title character in 2010 film The Book of Eli; 4th century Latin translation of it is known as the Vulgate; King James I commissioned an English translation of it The BIBLE
BOOK: contains the assertion "we do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us"; the author that because he "wished to live deliberately," he "went to the woods"; chronicles two year stay in a Massachusetts cabin WALDEN by Henry David THOREAU
POET: his lover Caroline Lamb called him "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"; wrote a poem describing a night of "cloudless climes" and depicted a seductive Spanish nobleman in an 1819 narrative poem; British poet of "She Walks in Beauty" and Don Juan Lord BYRON
POEM AND POET: urges listener to dream but "not make dreams your master" and tallies the conditions necessary to "be a Man" "If--" by Rudyard KIPLING
BOOK: begins by imagining a "fable for tomorrow" involving "a strange blight"; chapter "And No Birds Sing" describes death of robins who eat poisoned earthworms; 1962 book by Rachel Carson which led to bans on pesticide DDT SILENT SPRING
ESSAY AND WRITER: satire suggesting the consumption of Irish children; Irish author A MODEST PROPOSAL by Jonathan SWIFT
STORY AND AUTHOR: a man employs the maxim "spare the rod and spoil the child" at a school designed by Yost Van Houten; after being rejected by Katrina Van Tassel, the protagonist encounters a headless horseman The LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington IRVING (protagonist is Ichabod CRANE)
POEM AND POET: a "king of kings" leaves an inscription commanding "look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" OZYMANDIAS by Percy Bysshe SHELLEY
POEM AND POET: depicts a carriage ride with "immortality"; written by the Belle of Amherst BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH by Emily DICKINSON
WRITER: described himself as the "last anti-political German" in his autobiography Ecce Homo; wrote "man is a rope stretched between the animal and Ubermensch" in Thus Spoke Zarathustra; "God is dead" Friedrich NIETZSCHE
STORY AND AUTHOR: a character sings about a "hideous throng" rushing out of a "pale door" while performing a ballad titled "The Haunted Palace"; a woman named Madeline is buried alive by her brother; title estate collapses The FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Edgar Allan POE
PHILOSOPHER: called "7+5=12" a synthetic a priori proposition; set forth principle one should act according to maxims that one wishes could become universal laws; German whose Critique of Pure Reason formulated the categorical imperative Emmanuel KANT
AUTHOR: 19th century American; depicted survivors of a shipwreck in "The Open Boat" Stephen CRANE (of Red Badge of Courage fame)
POET: first published female African poet, who escaped slavery in 1773; wrote collection Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral Phillis WHEATLEY
POEM AND POET: starts with narrator's intention to sing of "Juno's unrelenting hate" as well as "arms and the man"; in Book Five, the title character holds funeral games for his father, Anchises; Rome is founded by Trojans in this epic AENEID by VIRGIL
PHILOSOPHER: introduced thought experiment involving a "missing shade of blue"; distinguished between states of what "is" and what "ought" to be in A Treatise of Human Nature; Scottish writer of An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David HUME
STORY AND AUTHOR: ends soon after Tessie Hutchison is selected in the title event The LOTTERY by Shirley JACKSON
POET AND NAME THE SECOND POEM: wrote "though lovers be lost love shall not" in his poem "And death shall have no dominion"; declared old age should burn and rave at close of day" in a poem commanding "rage against the dying of the light" Dylan THOMAS, poem is DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT
ECONOMIST: used analogy of a beauty contest to explain how rational agents work within a stock market; fiscal policy involving deficit spending was central to this British man's theory; wrote The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money John Maynard KEYNES ("canes") (also, look for phrase "aggregate demand" in his clues)
STORY: Major Kovalyov remonstrates with a missing body part after pursuing it to a shopping center in this story by Nikolai GOGOL The NOSE by Nikolai GOGOL
AUTHOR: Greek author of the Elements EUCLID
AUTHOR: translator C.K. Scott Moncrieff gave this author's major work an English title drawn from Shakespeare's 30th sonnet; wrote about childhood memories evoked by a madeleine cookie in Swann's Way; French, wrote seven-volume Remembrance of Things Past Marcel PROUST (proost)
BOOK: Jon Krakauer chronicled a 1996 disaster on Mount Everest where a "rogue storm" killed 8 people in this book INTO THIN AIR by Jon KRAKAUER
COLLECTION AND AUTHOR: a story from this collection inspired John Keat's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil; Ciapelletto lies to a friar the collection's first story, which is told to people fleeing the black plague in Florence; collection of 100 stories The DECAMERON by Giovanni BOCCACCIO
BOOK: a mouse saves Princess Pea from the evil rats led by Roscuro in this children's book by Kate DiCamillo The TALE OF DESPEREAUX
POET: the author's poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" compares the experience of reading an excellent translation to the discovery of the Pacific; known for his Odes, including one named for a piece of pottery and one addressed to a title bird John KEATS (poems were ODE ON A GRECIAN URN and ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE)
POEM AND POET: this British poet wrote "all the world wondered" about a group of "six hundred" men who braved the "valley of Death" in this poem The CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON
POEM AND POET: describes a "sphinx of cement and aluminum" that represents the god Moloch; section addressed to Carl Soloman repeats "I'm with you in Rockland"; the "best minds" of the poet's "generation" are said to be "destroyed by madness" HOWL by Allen GINSBERG
DIALOGUE: in this dialogue by Plato, Socrates defends himself from charges of impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens APOLOGY
STORY AND AUTHOR: centers on a couple's ill-fated attempt to celebrate Christmas as they each give up prized possessions to purchase gifts for each other The GIFT OF THE MAGI by O. HENRY
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