GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Contexts of World Poetry After 1925

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Example Question #1 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Although born in Lithuania, the author of Unattainable Earth is usually considered to be from which Eastern European country?

Possible Answers:

Poland

Romania

Latvia

Russia

Hungary

Correct answer:

Poland

Explanation:

Czesław Miłosz is known first and foremost to critics as a Polish writer and spent World War II in Warsaw, although he has notably refused to identify either as a Lithuanian or as a Pole. He has won a number of prizes from other nations, though, including the Prix Littéraire Européen and the U.S. National Medal of Arts.

Example Question #2 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

What is the real (birth) name of the author of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair?

Possible Answers:

Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto

Abraham Valdelomar

Remigio Crespo Toral

José Ignacio de Sanjinés

Tomás Carrasquilla

Correct answer:

Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto

Explanation:

Pablo Neruda was born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, but he wrote under his pen name (and later formally adopted it) because his working-class parents disapproved of his poetry. He based the pen name on the Czech Realist poet Jan Neruda (1834-1891) and the French Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). The rest of the names listed here are real (albeit more obscure) Latin American writers.

Example Question #3 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Who is the author of Omeros?

Possible Answers:

Derek Walcott 

Jamaica Kincaid

Kamau Brathwaite

Jean Rhys

Aimé Césaire

Correct answer:

Derek Walcott 

Explanation:

This is the St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott, an important post-colonial writer and 1992 Nobel Prize laureate, is the author of Omeros (1990). In addition to poetry, Walcott writes plays and essays and has received an Obie Award, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a Royal Society of Literature Award, and a T.S. Eliot Prize. He is also a painter.

Example Question #4 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Omeros is a poem that reimagines which famous work of literature?

Possible Answers:

Paradise Lost

The Tempest

The Iliad

The Aeneid 

The Divine Comedy

Correct answer:

The Iliad

Explanation:

Omeros (1990) is a contemporary Caribbean re-envisioning Homer’s Iliad. Omeros is set in modern-day St. Lucia but includes contemporary versions of Iliad characters such as Achilles and Hector (fishermen in this work), Philoctete and Helen, and a blind seer. It also includes characters that are not taken from Homer, such as Sergeant Major Plunkett.

John Milton's Paradise Lost (1674), William Shakespeare's The Tempest (1611), Virgil's The Aeneid, and Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy (1472) were all used as alternative answer choices.

Example Question #5 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

What genre of poem is Omeros?

Possible Answers:

confessional

performance poetry

epistolary

epic

elegiac

Correct answer:

epic

Explanation:

Walcott's Omeros (1990) is a contemporary epic, spanning several hundred pages and divided into seven “books” and more than 60 chapters. In this way it echoes its inspiration, The Iliad, which is also an epic poem.

Example Question #6 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Where is the author of Omeros from?

Possible Answers:

Jamaica

Martinique

Haiti

the Dominican Republic

St. Lucia

Correct answer:

St. Lucia

Explanation:

Derek Walcott was born in the same place that he sets Omeros (1990): St. Lucia.

Example Question #7 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Who is the author of the poetry collection titled Unattainable Earth?

Possible Answers:

Czesław Miłosz

Joseph Brodsky

Tristan Tzara

János Pilinszky

Osip Mandelstam

Correct answer:

Czesław Miłosz

Explanation:

This is the Nobel Prize-winning Eastern European poet Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004). In addition to Unattainable Earth (1984), he is also known for his collections City Without a Name (1969), Native Realm (1959), and Road-side Dog (1997) as well as for a famous anti-Stalin nonfiction work, The Captive Mind (1953).

Example Question #8 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

The writer of Unattainable Earth was known for several collaborative English translations with which American poet?

Possible Answers:

Frank O’Hara

Robert Lowell

Gary Snyder

Robert Hass

James Wright

Correct answer:

Robert Hass

Explanation:

Along with poet Robert Pinksy, Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass (1941-present) is known for his translations of Miłosz’s works, including Provinces (1991), Facing the River (1995), The Separate Notebooks (1984), and Road-Side Dog (1997).

Example Question #9 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Which of the following poets is not a contemporary of the author of Unattainable Earth?

Possible Answers:

Zbigniew Herbert

Stanisław Barańczak

Wisława Szymborska

Jan Kochanowski

Tadeusz Różewicz

Correct answer:

Jan Kochanowski

Explanation:

Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998), Wisława Szymborska (1923-2012), Tadeusz Różewicz (1921-2014), and Stanisław Barańczak (1946-2014) were all 20th-century Polish writers. Jan Kochanowski (1530-1584) was also a Polish poet, but he lived and wrote during the Renaissance.

Example Question #10 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Who is the author of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair?

Possible Answers:

Elena Poniatowska

Isabel Allende

Jorge Luis Borges

Gabriel García Márquez

Pablo Neruda

Correct answer:

Pablo Neruda

Explanation:

This is the Latin American poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the International Peace Prize. Neruda published Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair in 1924.

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