So, how much do you really know about Keats?

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So, how much do you really know about Keats?

Postby Malia » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:27 pm

Hey everyone :)
I thought it might be fun to start a trivia "game" of sorts about Keats's life and poetry. Here's how it works: I'll start by offering up a trivia question of my own. The first person to guess the correct answer then writes out another trivia question and the person who answers that question writes out another and so on.

OK. Here's the first question.

What was Keats's favorite flower?
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:20 am

Violets!

So does the poser of the question have to confirm its correctness before the next question is asked?
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Postby Malia » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:39 am

Yes, confirmation must take place before you ask the next question. And I confirm that your answer is correct! hehe Violets were Keats's favorite flower :)

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Postby Despondence » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:10 am

Hey - no fair :evil:

I propose another rule: you have to cite the reference for the answer too! (Like title, author, edition, page, letter, private communication :lol: or whatever) Otherwise, us clueless sods have nothing to go on other than your say-so..
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Postby Malia » Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:06 am

But my "say so" is infallible! LOL (Just kidding, of course!)

Good point! Citations are a good idea. I'd say that for very trivial things like Keats's favorite color--we can just say "read it in the Bate biography in the last chapter". For info of more substance, it would be good to have a closer citation.
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Postby Saturn » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:26 am

I think this is a great idea Malia though I confess I think we will need references to find the answers to any questions asked as I'm ashamed to say I've forgotten more about Keats than I can remember at the moment :oops:
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Postby Malia » Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:52 pm

Yes, references are necessary--I begin to see that more and more. I was figuring general references would be OK (such as "Bate Biography, last chapter") but if everyone thinks it is necessary to quote exact letters/pages/etc. that's cool, too. Just another way we can all open those books and brush up on our knowledge :)

Me, I'm just so right-brained generally, I'm the kind whose mind would skip over details like references--so it's good to be reminded how important they are. :D
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Postby Despondence » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:27 pm

Malia wrote: I was figuring general references would be OK (such as "Bate Biography, last chapter")

That's fine, just enough information for someone else to be able to look it up. Not that I doubt your say-so....but it may be interesting to read the context :)
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Postby Saturn » Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:08 am

Who's going to ask the first question?
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Postby Malia » Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:31 am

Well, technically I already asked the first question, hehe. And Credo Buffa answered it--this was before the referencing conversation. I don't know if Credo Buffa is still around and wants to ask the next question or not.

In the meantime, if you want to ask one, go right ahead :). And if Credo Buffa wants to ask one, she can too--as she answered the first question.

Maybe another rule should be that if you get the question right, you have 24 hours to post the next question.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:44 pm

OK, I'm back! Sorry for the delay. I didn't want to ask a question without first having a source ready to go!

Here's my question: what work of classical literature did Keats work at translating while at school at Enfield?
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Postby Saturn » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:25 pm

Virgil's Aeneid

It was in prose I believe and he won a prize for it :D

I don't have the books at hand but I'm sure this is right.
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Postby Despondence » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:31 pm

Doggone it already...too much lag in the system. I started writing my reply, but before I was done stephen had beat me to it. You must be closer to the server or someting... :lol:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:02 am

Stephen Saturn wrote:Virgil's Aeneid

It was in prose I believe and he won a prize for it :D


Ta-da! You get five cool points for answering the question correctly, and a bonus ten for the extra info :wink:

Just for any skeptics, my source is Motion's biography, pg. 39 (don't know if some of you might have different page numbering due to different editions in different countries, etc., but I'll just assume that this is enough of a citation for our purposes).

OK, Stephen. Next question is yours :)
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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:27 am

From which poem do these lines come from?

“…forgetting the great end
Of poesy, that it should be a friend
To sooth the cares, and lift the thoughts of man.”

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