Winston said, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” Alright, maybe he wasn’t talking about Forrest’s poem but he might as well have been. Its an apt description.
Have you ever written a riddle?
It occurred to me after an email exchange with Bob that I have never tried to write a riddle poem like Forrest’s and if I did I might learn something. Deconstruction is often a good way to learn how something was built. But you need tools to deconstruct a riddle poem and since I never wrote one, I didn’t know how to start.
Bob is out there looking for the treasure and sent along this great article on writing a riddle. Reading it, and trying the exercise gave me additional insight into how a good riddle poem is designed. And besides…it was fun!
The article is intended as a classroom aid for teachers and is made available through Read/Write/Think. Its very appropriate for those of us looking for the treasure chest….or just trying to make sense of Forrest’s poem.
Thanks Read/Write/Think…and thanks Bob….