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

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Example Question #31 : Contexts Of World Poetry

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

Possible Answers:

Tristan Tzara

Czesław Miłosz

János Pilinszky

Osip Mandelstam

Joseph Brodsky

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 #32 : Contexts Of World Poetry

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

Possible Answers:

Gary Snyder

Robert Lowell

James Wright

Robert Hass

Frank O’Hara

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 #33 : Contexts Of World Poetry

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

Possible Answers:

Wisława Szymborska

Tadeusz Różewicz

Stanisław Barańczak

Zbigniew Herbert

Jan Kochanowski

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 #34 : Contexts Of World Poetry

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

Possible Answers:

Isabel Allende

Gabriel García Márquez

Jorge Luis Borges

Elena Poniatowska

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.

Example Question #35 : Contexts Of World Poetry

What country is the author of Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair from?

Possible Answers:

Mexico

Venezuela

Argentina

Uruguay

Chile

Correct answer:

Chile

Explanation:

Pablo Neruda was born in Chile. In addition to writing collections such as 100 Love Sonnets (1959), The Book of Questions (1974), and Canto General (1950), Neruda served as a politician and poet-diplomat (a role played by other Latin American writers such as Octavio Paz and Miguel Angel Asturias Rosales) for his country for many years.

Example Question #36 : Contexts Of World Poetry

What is the best descriptor for the type of poems in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair?

Possible Answers:

epicurean

epistolary

epic

erotic

elegiac

Correct answer:

erotic

Explanation:

As is hinted at in the title, most of the works in Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924) are erotic love poems. Although Neruda wrote in many different styles and forms (including prose, poetry, realism, surrealism, autobiography, and political manifesto), he is perhaps best known for his love poetry, including various sonnets and odes.

Example Question #37 : Contexts Of World Poetry

During what decade was The Labyrinth of Solitude published?

Possible Answers:

1920s

1910s

1930s

1940s

1950s

Correct answer:

1950s

Explanation:

The Labyrinth of Solitude, which explores Mexico’s heritage and the behavior of Paz’s countrymen, first appeared in 1950.

Example Question #38 : Contexts Of World Poetry

When was The Striders published?

Possible Answers:

1960s

1990s

2000s

1970s

1980s

Correct answer:

1960s

Explanation:

The Striders was first published in 1966, making it one of A. K. Ramanujan’s earlier collections. (The poet lived from 1929 to 1993.)

Example Question #39 : Contexts Of World Poetry

Who is the author of Autobiography of Red?

Possible Answers:

Mary Oliver

Seamus Heaney

Adrienne Rich

Anne Carson

A.E. Housman

Correct answer:

Anne Carson

Explanation:

Autobiography of Red (1998) is a work by Anne Carson.

A.E. Housman wrote Last Poems (1922), Seamus Heaney wrote Death of a Naturalist (1966), Adrienne Rich wrote Twenty-one Love Poems (1976), and Mary Oliver wrote The Night Traveler (1978).

Example Question #40 : Contexts Of World Poetry

What country is the author of Autobiography of Red from?

Possible Answers:

France

Spain

Canada

Scotland

Trinidad

Correct answer:

Canada

Explanation:

Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, translator, and nonfiction writer.

The Autobiography of Red was published in 1998.

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