April is National Poetry Month! This month-long celebration is the perfect opportunity to get to know different poets and explore various poetry styles. Not sure where to start? The poetry pros at Writer’s Relief have brought together some poets from history for you to “hang out” with! Take this fun quiz to determine which poet would be your bestie.
Quiz: Which Poet Would Be Your Bestie?
How would you like to spend the day?
- Exploring the library for books to read
- Taking a walk on the beach
- Visiting a civil rights museum
- Attending a TED Talk about your favorite author
- Watching a funny movie
What do you prefer to snack on while reading?
- Anything chocolate!
- Lemon cookies
- Thin crust pizza
- Ice cream
What would you most likely be texting to your bestie?
- Don’t forget to bring the cinnamon for the new recipe!
- You should add this song to your playlist!
- Check out my new shoes—great for walking or dancing!
- LOL wine and painting don’t mix!
- Want to hit the pub for some drinks?
Which type of pet is your favorite?
- Parrot or bird
- An aquarium full of fish
Choose the line of poetry you like best:
- “The other smiles and sips from a glass. Watches the passage of tall midday clouds”
- “Immortal Aphrodite, on your intricately brocaded throne, child of Zeus, weaver of wiles, this I pray”
- “No, I don’t feel death coming. I feel death going”
- “Whether my soul will be or will not be––This heart was pledged to my lord: how could it ever change?”
- “Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.”
Mostly 1: Your Poet Bestie is Rosario Castellanos!
Rosario Castellanos wrote about feminist and cultural oppression as a Mexican woman. You enjoy discussing intersectional social justice issues and learning about different cultures together.
Mostly 2: Your Poet Bestie is Sappho!
Sappho’s writing is musical and has beautiful lyrics. Plato hailed her as “the tenth Muse,” and she was even honored on coins! Since Sappho lived in the Greek Isles, you two friends could spend the day writing by the sea.
Mostly 3: Your Poet Bestie is James Baldwin!
James Baldwin and you both enjoy discussing challenging topics such as race and spirituality. James was a playwright, essayist, and poet from Harlem, New York, who wrote about being Black and queer in America.
Mostly 4: Your Poet Bestie is Jeong Mong-ju!
Jeong Mong-ju was a Confucian scholar, a calligrapher, and a painter, and was a political public servant in Korea. The two of you could spend hours discussing philosophy, politics, and visual arts.
Mostly 5: Your Poet Bestie is Oscar Wilde!
Oscar Wilde was an Irish writer known for his wit and flamboyance. While he was in trouble with the law for being a queer man, he could not help but be his authentic self and share his big personality with the world. Share some laughs and drinks with your best friend, Oscar!
Question: Which poet is your bestie? What other poets would you want to hang out with?