Do you know your Prufrock from your Yeezus? Take our quiz and find out…
Much like poets themselves, poems come in an extraordinary array of shapes and sizes. They range from four syllables to 1.8 million words; sometimes they rhyme, sometimes they don’t, and they can encompass anything from Baudelaire to Bob Dylan.
There’s acrostics, in which the first letter of each line spells out a hidden message; there’s concrete poetry, a form in which the arrangement of the words on the page forms a picture of their subject; and then there’s rap.
To honour this diversity we put up one of our greatest-ever poets – author of The Wasteland and doyen of modernism T.S. Eliot – against the lyrical musings of one of our greatest self-proclaimed philosophers and now US presidential hopeful, the messianic maestro Kanye West.
It’s up to you to work out which is which. How hard can it be?
Poety quiz – Kanye West vs T.S. Eliot
Try our piety quiz and get your rhyme on! Are you gonna “come up in the spot lookin’ extra fly”, or go out “not with a bang but with a whimper”?