Books Quiz: from bad to verse on World Poetry Day

Do you know your Wordsworth from your Whitman? Test your knowledge in our quiz

John William Waterhouse's painting
John William Waterhouse's painting is inspired by a poem – but which poem? Credit: Getty Images

Round one: Poetry Books

Today is UNESCO World Poetry Day, which has been celebrated on 21 March for 20 years. It was founded in 1999 "with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression" and so, in its honour, this week’s quiz is all about poetry.

Can you name the authors of these poetry books?

Round two: Poety Looks

Do you recognise these famous poets? Match the picture to the right name.

Round three: Springing

Yesterday was the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, one of only two days in the year when day and night are equally long.

Can you match these evocations of springtime with the poets who wrote them?

Round four: Mothering

And tomorrow is Mothering Sunday, traditionally the day when Christians visited their mother church. In 1908, however, the American activist Ann Jarvis invented Mother’s Day, a day for celebrating mothers, and the two celebrations merged.

Where would you find these poetic mothers?

Round five: Visions

Many poems have been inspired by great works of art, but occasionally great poems have inspired artworks.

Can you identify the poems behind these images?

Round six: Omissions

Not all poets use rhyme, but if you do, it might be useful to know that the syllable with the most rhymes in the English language is ee, as in "be".

Here are some famous poems with ee rhymes removed. Can you fill the gaps with the missing words?