Wednesday, March 02, 2022

A day of riddling discussions: Jane Austen, Sumita Chakraborty, James Joyce

My day began with a discussion of a riddle that we all knew the answer to, continued with a discussion of a poem that might be seen as offering riddles whose answers must remain unknown, and concluded with the discussion of a page of a book littered with riddles to solve. The opening riddle was the "charade" in Jane Austen's "Emma", which immediately solves, but the riddle can still be interpreted as any poem can. The later poem was Sumita Chakraborty's "Quiver", which ends with a list of "words you may not speak to me". And the page was page 50 of "Finnegans Wake", by James Joyce, "that quaintesttest of yarnspinners". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 2 March 2022)

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