Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

For December, when everyone's mind is occupied with shopping, partying and general stress, we'll be doing Simple Trivia.

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, notes that some of the best known book titles are inspired by other literature. Can you identify the book, and author, from this snippet?

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall:
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
--Nursery Rhyme

Here are the answers to last week's trivia questions:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)

Can you identify the title of the book, and author, this snippet inspired?

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
--Langston Hughes, "Harlem"
inpired:
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Here is the entire poem, Harlem, by Langston Hughes:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


And, here's an analysis.

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