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.


Great Riddle Writers: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is a great poet who has written countless well-known works. But did you know he was also an avid writer of riddles. He also thought of himself as one of the greatest cipher/riddle solvers of his time. Here is one of his great riddles from one of his short stories called The Gold-bug:


This riddle is a cryptogram and can be decrypted using a substitution cipher using letter frequencies. When decrypted this reads:

A good glass in the bishop’s hostel in the devil’s seat
twenty-one degrees and thirteen minutes northeast and by north
main branch seventh limb east side shoot from the left eye of the death’s-head
a bee line from the tree through the shot fifty feet out.

For more riddles from Poe visit Riddles of Edgar Allan Poe

For more on Poe visit his Wikipedia page.

For some great riddles visit Good Riddles Now’s kids riddles section.