Welcome to the Friday Brainteaser from Credo Reference.

Verse and Worse

Even if you don’t like poetry, you’ll probably be able to answer some of these questions about forms of poetry. They include comic as well as serious verse.

1. Does “blank verse” usually have rhymes?

2. Who popularised limericks in his 1846 “Book of Nonsense” – was it Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll or Spike Milligan?

3. Does a limerick contain four, five, or six lines?

4. What kind of poem is an elegy, like Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”?

5. The commonest unit or foot in English verse has one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed syllable. What name is given to this unit?

6. How many lines are there in a quatrain?

7. What is the name for the type of poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley, of which the following is an example?
Sir Christopher Wren
Said, I am going to dine with some men.
If anybody calls
Say I am designing St Paul’s.

8. What kind of poem would be a cento?

9. What is macaronic verse?

10. Does a dactyl contain two, three, or four syllables?

Find out the answers here


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