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A Poet's View


Poets have gained inspiration from the power and beauty of the equine animal for millennia. Below, you will find 10 poems pertaining to horses and the names of the 10 poets who wrote them. Can you match each poem with its author? Take this quiz and find out. Type the name of the author in the box by the number of the poem. Each author should be used only once. I'll score your quiz and return the results to you via email. Have fun!


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The Poems
1. "With flowing tail and flying mane,
Wide nostrils, never stretched by pain,
Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscar'd by spur or rod
A thousand horses - the wild - the free -
Like waves that follow o'er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on."


2. "Fast rode the knight--
With spurs, hot and reeking
Ever waving an eager sword.
"To save my lady!"
Fast rode the knight
And leaped from saddle to war.
Men of steel flickered and gleamed
Like riot of silver lights
And the gold of the knight's good banner
Still waved on a castle wall.
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A horse
Blowing, staggering, bloody thing
Forgotten at foot of castle wall.
A horse
Dead at foot of castle wall."


3. "The hooves of the horses!
�?"Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of love, no trilling of bird,
Can stir me as hooves of the horses have stirred."


4. "From the prick of his ears to the flow of his tail
he arched in my throat and eyes ...
Oh, marvelous with the drifting clouds
he drifted across the skies!"


5. "A wild ... little Horse of Magic
came cantering out of the sky
With a bridle of silver and
into the saddle I mounted
To fly�?"and to fly."


6. "My hand forever in your mane
so dense,
Rubies and pearls and sapphires
there will sow ...
Oasis of my dreams, and gourd
from whence
Deep drafted wines of memory
will flow."


7. "My beautiful, my beautiful! that standest meekly by,
With thy proudly-arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye!
Fret not to roam the desert now, with all thy winged speed:
I may not mount on thee again!�?"thou'rt sold, my Arab steed!"


8. "His ears up-prick'd; his braided hanging mane
Upon his compass'd crest now stands on end ...
His eye, which scornfully glisters like fire,
Shows his hot courage and his high desire."


9. "Before the gods that made the gods
Had seen their sunrise pass,
The White Horse of the White Horse Vale
Was cut out of the grass."


10. "A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all!"


The Poets
William Rose Benét
Caroline E. S. Norton
G. K. Chesterton
Lord Byron
Walter de la Mare
William Shakespeare
Stephen Crane
Henry W. Longfellow
Charles Baudelaire
Will H. Ogilvie


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