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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the poets had a Hasidic Russian rabbi for a father?
2. Which of the following words is used to describe Mary Swenson's work?
3. Richard Hugo taught at which university?
4. What was Meredith's job?
5. Which of the following was not one of Robert Creeley's jobs?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Richard Hugo's work and possible influence on style and subject.
2. Discuss the poets listed in the first section. Examine at least one of the topics two or more of the poets have in common.
3. Discuss the varied activities of James Dickey and the one thing that supposedly changed his life. What are some of the themes involved in Dickey's work?
4. What was Allen Ginsberg's first major success? What made Ginsberg into an iconic poet?
5. What were some of the unusual jobs held by Robert Creeley? Who were Creelye's influenecs? How does Creeley feel about speaking to his readers?
6. What is unusual about W.S. Merwin's choice of career? What are some of the main topics and/or themes often used by Merwin?
7. Which major award was won by W. D. Snodgrass? How might Snodgrass' poems be described?
8. What prestigious position did Carolyn Kizer hold? Who greatly influenced Kizer's work? What major award did Kizer receive?
9. Name at least one of the main themes that can be seen in James Merrill's work. What is Merrill's genre? List some of the poems included in Merrill's section.
10. Give a brief overview of John Berryman's life. Also note Berryman's influences, style, and common topics covered in his work. How did critics review Berryman's work?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
William Meredith and Robert Pinsky both believed that effective poetry could be created by focusing on ordinary things. However, those ordinary things were mixed with extraordinary language. Why is it important to use unusual words or a combination of words as a powerful tool to create vivid poetry? How do Meredith and Pinsky accomplish this task? Why are these tools and techniques valuable? What can be learned from employing these techniques in reference to topics that might otherwise seem mundane?
Essay Topic 2
W.S. Merwin is one of the poets that patterned his work after the traditional and classic English romantic poetry. Examine in detail the concept and technique involved in writing traditional and classic English romantic poetry. What other poets have followed this format? Why did some poets shy away from or completely distance themselves from this type of poetry? Write a 500 word essay on English romantic poetry. Also include five poems that best represent the style.
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the opinions of one poet from each section. Choose poets that are the most unique or have views not shared by the others. You may reference outside sources for information as long as sources are cited. Use at least one passage from each poet's work to support your opinion and/or argument.
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