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Ode on Melancholy

Ode on Melancholy


by John Keats

Ode on Melancholy: Read it and Weep Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Ode on Melancholy? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is this "Lethe" place that we're supposed to avoid (line 1)?

The River of Life in ancient Roman mythology
Another name for the Hudson River
The River of Death in ancient Egyptian mythology
The River of Forgetfulness in ancient Greek mythology
Q. What are the three poisons we're told to avoid?

Wolf's-bane, nightshade, and yew-berries
Wolf's-bane, nightshade, and cafeteria food
Toadstools, liver snacks, and nightshade
Arsenic, wolf's-bane, and yew-berries
Q. Who is Proserpine?

The Ancient Greek goddess of fertility
The Ancient Egyptian goddess of death
The Ancient Greek queen of the underworld and the goddess of spring
A yoga instructor
Q. What three beautiful things are we supposed to "glut our sorrow" on?

The three Stooges
Roses, rainbows, and peonies
Wolf's-bane, nightshade, and yew-berries
Day lilies, tulips, and daffodils
Q. Where is there a hidden shrine of Melancholy?

In the temple of Delight
On a green hillside
Under a yew tree
On a beach