Why authors use riddles

Riddles are okay, but not that great. So why do we see them so much in popular culture. We see them so much in pop culture because all of the people who make and influence pop culture loves them. Some of the people that had a love for riddles are Stephen King, Dan Brown, Aristotle, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, and many more. A great example of one of these riddles written by Edgar Allan Poe:

The noblest name in Allegory’s page,
The hand that traced inexorable rage; 
A pleasing moralist whose page refined, 
Displays the deepest knowledge of the mind; 
A tender poet of a foreign tongue, 
(Indited in the language that he sung.) 
A bard of brilliant but unlicensed page 
At once the shame and glory of our age, 
The prince of harmony and stirling sense, 
The ancient dramatist of eminence, 
The bard that paints imagination’s powers, 
And him whose song revives departed hours, 
Once more an ancient tragic bard recall, 
In boldness of design surpassing all. 
These names when rightly read, a name [[make]] known 
Which gathers all their glories in its own.

The answer is actually 11 separate authors:

Line(s) – Author
1 – Spenser 
2 – Homer 
3-4 – Aristotle 
5-6 – Kallimachos 
7-8 – Shelley 
9 – Alexander Pope. 
10 – Euripides 
11 – Mark Akenside 
12 – Samuel Rogers 
13-14 – Euripidies 
15-16 – William Shakespeare

For more riddles from great people visit Great Authors That Riddle

For some more riddles to solve on your own visit Good Riddle Now’s funny riddle section.


Riddles and Aristotle

Aristotle is probably the best Philosopher of the Greek empire with many of his original writings are still very relevant, even today. He thought that they were very useful in creating metaphors and explaining things that would be very hard to explain otherwise (through the use of straightforward text). Here is what he said about riddles:

Well-constructed riddles are attractive [because] a new idea is conveyed, … The thought is startled, and … does not fit in with the ideas you already have… The effect produced … is a surprise.

For a riddle from his actual works and more about Aristotle visit the Riddles of Aristotle.

For some great riddles of your own visit Good Riddles Now’s funny riddles and answers section.