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

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Example Question #11 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

Uruguay

Mexico

Argentina

Venezuela

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 #12 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

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

Possible Answers:

erotic

epistolary

epicurean

elegiac

epic

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 #32 : Contexts Of World Poetry

During what decade was The Labyrinth of Solitude published?

Possible Answers:

1940s

1910s

1950s

1920s

1930s

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 #33 : Contexts Of World Poetry

When was The Striders published?

Possible Answers:

1980s

1960s

2000s

1970s

1990s

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 #15 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

Who is the author of Autobiography of Red?

Possible Answers:

Seamus Heaney

Anne Carson

Adrienne Rich

A.E. Housman

Mary Oliver

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 #13 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

What country is the author of Autobiography of Red from?

Possible Answers:

Scotland

Spain

France

Trinidad

Canada

Correct answer:

Canada

Explanation:

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

The Autobiography of Red was published in 1998.

Example Question #14 : Contexts Of World Poetry After 1925

What form does Autobiography of Red take?

Possible Answers:

Novel-in-verse

Memoir

Translation

Comedy of Manners

Creative Nonfiction

Correct answer:

Novel-in-verse

Explanation:

While Autobiography of Red (1998) is loosely based on the Greek myth of Geryon, and despite its title, it is neither translation nor memoir/creative nonfiction. The work is a fragmentary, lyric novel told in verse.

Example Question #42 : Contexts Of World Poetry

Who is the author of The Labyrinth of Solitude?

Possible Answers:

Octavio Paz

José Emilio Pacheco

Gabriel García Márquez

Laura Esquivel

Julio Cortázar

Correct answer:

Octavio Paz

Explanation:

The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950) is by the poet Octavio Paz.

Julio Cortázar wrote Hopscotch (1963), Gabriel García Márquez wrote Leaf Storm (1955), José Emilio Pacheco wrote Don't Ask Me How the Time Goes by: Poems (1978), and Laura Esquivel wrote Like Water for Chocolate (1989).

Example Question #43 : Contexts Of World Poetry

What country is the author of The Labyrinth of Solitude from?

Possible Answers:

Colombia

Panama

Mexico 

Chile

Argentina

Correct answer:

Mexico 

Explanation:

Octavio Paz is a Mexican writer who also served as a diplomat for his country.

The Labyrinth of Solitude was published in 1950.

Example Question #44 : Contexts Of World Poetry

Which of the following is not another work by the author of The Labyrinth of Solitude?

Possible Answers:

Sunstone

Renga: A Chain of Poems

Airborn

The Dream 

The Double Flame

Correct answer:

The Dream 

Explanation:

Octavio Paz wrote Sunstone (1956), The Double Flame (1994), In Light of India (1997), Airborn (1979), and Renga: A Chain of Poems (1972). The Dream (1692) is by the 17th-century Mexican nun Juana Inés de la Cruz.

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