Poetry Quiz: Music - The Answers

1. Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three / (which was rather late for me) - / Between the end of the Chatterley ban / And the ______’ first LP
Philip Larkin / Beatles (from Annus Mirablis) 

2. I set her on my pacing steed, / And nothing else saw all day long, / For sidelong would she bend, and sing / A faery’s song.
John Keats / La Belle Dame sans Merci (from La Belle Dame sans Merci)

3. The bank walks in at half past seven, dressed and unembarrassed / by its sponsorship of _____, the best // of music, Hammerklavier, here in its own town / Darlington.
Gillian Allnutt / Beethoven (from Barclays Bank and Lake Baikal)

4. What is that sound which so thrills the ear / Down in the valley drumming, drumming?
W H Auden / scarlet soldiers (from O What is that Sound?)

5. Only reapers, reaping early / In among the bearded barley, / Hear a song that echoes cheerly / From the river winding clearly
Alfred Lord Tennyson / The Lady of Shalott (from The Lady of Shalott)

6. There’s not a Shakespeare sonnet / Or a _____ quartet / That’s easier to like than you / Or harder to forget.
Wendy Cope / Beethoven (from Giving Up Smoking)

7. At once a voice arose among / The bleak twigs overhead / In a full-hearted evensong / Of joy illimited
Thomas Hardy / Thrush (From The Darkling Thrush)

8. And the Empress saying ‘And as for you’ to the ones who did nothing
Jackie Kay / Bessie Smith (from 12 Bar Bessie)

9. And on her dulcimer she played / Singing of Mount Abora
Samuel Taylor Coleridge / Abyssinian Maid or damsel with a dulcimer (from Khubla Khan)

10. and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of / leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT / while she whispered a song along the keyboard / to Mal Waldron and everyone and I stopped breathing
Frank O’Hara / Billie Holliday (from The Day Lady Died)

11. Secluded but happy in its being, / the piano brings back / memories of a girl in a long black coat, / a red scarf around her neck and throat, / leading a black Labrador through the snow
Sujata Bhatt / Philip Glass (from Solo Piano: After Listening to Philip Glass)

12. Talk about Caligula or the Incredible Hulk, / he’s even fatter than I could imagine // & in the afterlife too he’s still obsessed / with fry-ups, King Burgers, peanut butter.
Brendan Cleary / Elvis Presley (from Join Elvis)
13. Pat Hodges kissed you once, although quite shy, / in sixty-two. Small crowds in Mathew Street / endure rain for the echo of a beat, / as if nostalgia means you did not die
Carol Ann Duffy / John Lennon (from Liverpool Echo)

14. The plaintive we’d yet to understand but still // sang for all we were worth back then, / each of us, as Diana, Mary and Florence
Kathryn Gray / The Supremes (from Where Did Our Love Go?)

15. _____’s piano / throws notes like handfuls of stones / to clatter / against a glass- / house God
Fiona Sampson / Messiaen (from Messaien’s Piano)

16. And when we were done / he didn’t roll off, zip up and slouch downstairs // to watch the end of Match of the Day with my brother, / oh no, not David.
Catherine Smith / David Cassidy (from Losing it to David Cassidy)

17. But many of us did not / Make it, although their unborn children did - / Such as you whom the camp commandant branded / _____ _____ of the Sex Pistols. Jesus break his fall.
Paul Durcan / Sid Vicious (from The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious)

18. Your fine vocals, which, while admittedly limited in range, and / force, are nonetheless so much more affecting than the affected Arctic / whisperings of those interchangeably dreary / Stinas and Hannes and Bjorks, being in fact far closer in spirit to a / kind of glitch-hop Blossom Dearie
Don Paterson / Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze (from Love Poem for Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze)

19. What was he doing, the great God _____, / Down in the reeds by the river? / Spreading ruin and scattering ban, / Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat
Elizabeth Barrett Browning / Pan (from A Musical Instrument)

20. Success was the mother of eccentricity and withdrawal. / In Ostend he felt the eyes of the Belgians on him, / in Topanga someone cut the throats of two Great Danes
Michael Hofmann / Marvin Gaye (from Marvin Gaye)