Identification Of World Poetry Before 1925

This is an MCQ-based quiz for GRE on the Identification Of World Poetry Before 1925.

This includes Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The Labyrinth of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, The Library of Babel, and Los Heraldos Negros.

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Which of the following works of ancient Greek poetry was written by Hesiod?

Metamorphoses The Iliad Works and Days The Oresteia The Odyssey

What is the name of the Mesopotamian epic poem that is often considered the first great work of literature?

Lamentation for Ur The Epic of Gilgamesh The Aeneid The Odyssey The Iliad

Which major Latin poem comprises more than 250 myths about everything from the creation of the world to the ascendency of Julius Caesar?

The Iliad Oedipus Rex The Oresteia The Metamorphoses The Odyssey

Artisans, raise high the roof beam!
Tall is the bridegroom as Ares,
Taller by far than the tallest,
O Hymenæus!
Ay! towering over his fellows,
As over men of all other
Lands towers the Lesbian singer,
O Hymenæus!
Well-favored, too, is the maiden,
Eyes that are sweeter than honey,
Fair both in face and in figure,
O Hymenæus!

Based on the content of this poem, who is the likely author?






Arms, and the man I sing, who, forced by fate,
And haughty Juno"s unrelenting hate,
Expelled and exiled, left the Trojan shore.
Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destined town;
His banished gods restored to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.

These lines open which epic poem?

The Metamorphoses

The Odyssey

The Aeneid

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Lamentation for Ur

When Zarathustra was thirty years old, he left his home and the lake of his home, and went into the mountains. There he enjoyed his spirit and solitude, and for ten years did not weary of it. But at last his heart changed,—and rising one morning with the rosy dawn, he went before the sun, and spake thus unto it:
Thou great star! What would be thy happiness if thou hadst not those for whom thou shinest!
For ten years hast thou climbed hither unto my cave: thou wouldst have wearied of thy light and of the journey, had it not been for me, mine eagle, and my serpent.
But we awaited thee every morning, took from thee thine overflow and blessed thee for it.
Lo! I am weary of my wisdom, like the bee that hath gathered too much honey; I need hands outstretched to take it.
I would fain bestow and distribute, until the wise have once more become joyous in their folly, and the poor happy in their riches.
Therefore must I descend into the deep: as thou doest in the evening, when thou goest behind the sea, and givest light also to the nether-world, thou exuberant star!
Like thee must I go down, as men say, to whom I shall descend.
Bless me, then, thou tranquil eye, that canst behold even the greatest happiness without envy!
Bless the cup that is about to overflow, that the water may flow golden out of it, and carry everywhere the reflection of thy bliss!
Lo! This cup is again going to empty itself, and Zarathustra is again going to be a man.
Thus began Zarathustra"s down-going.

Who wrote the above lines?






MEPHISTOPHELES: Since Thou, O Lord, deign"st to approach again And ask us how we do, in manner kindest, And heretofore to meet myself wert fain, Among Thy menials, now, my face Thou findest. Pardon, this troop I cannot follow after With lofty speech, though by them scorned and spurned: My pathos certainly would move Thy laughter, If Thou hadst not all merriment unlearned. Of suns and worlds I"ve nothing to be quoted; How men torment themselves, is all I"ve noted. The little god o" the world sticks to the same old way, And is as whimsical as on Creation"s day. Life somewhat better might content him, But for the gleam of heavenly light which Thou hast lent him: He calls it Reason—thence his power"s increased, To be far beastlier than any beast. Saving Thy Gracious Presence, he to me A long-legged grasshopper appears to be, That springing flies, and flying springs, And in the grass the same old ditty sings. Would he still lay among the grass he grows in! Each bit of dung he seeks, to stick his nose in.

Who wrote the above work?






I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh"s chariots.
Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold.
We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.
My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves" eyes.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.
The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.

The above text is taken from which book of the Bible?




Song of Solomon


Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens to the place where it rises.

The above text is taken from which book of the Bible?

Song of Solomon





As I was going down impassive Rivers,I no longer felt myself guided by haulers:Yelping redskins had taken them as targetsAnd had nailed them naked to colored stakes.
I was indifferent to all crews,The bearer of Flemish wheat or English cottonsWhen with my haulers this uproar stoppedThe Rivers let me go where I wanted.
Into the furious lashing of the tidesMore heedless than children"s brains the other winterI ran! And loosened PeninsulasHave not undergone a more triumphant hubbub
The storm blessed my sea vigilsLighter than a cork I danced on the wavesThat are called eternal rollers of victims,Ten nights, without missing the stupid eye of the lighthouses!

Who is the author of this poem?

Stéphane Mallarmé

Émile Zola

Paul Verlaine

Guillaume Apollinaire

Arthur Rimbaud

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