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Questions tagged [poetry]

Puzzles that are presented in the form of any of the various types of poetry.

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I can't die. Who am I?

I meet many people. I treat them equal. I can harvest grain the middle age way. I always go on, I never stay. I can't die. Some believe I can fly. Most people don't like me. And thus try to ...
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PRAISE BE UNTO HE

He is everywhere, in the heavens and Earth. He cannot be seen. He can lift you into the sky and bring you gently down. He can take many forms. He can help heal. He can help kill, yet He is noble. He ...
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Read. Learn. Live. Escape

You wake lying face down on a hard stone floor. Your head hurts. As your eyes find focus, you see a haiku scratched into the ground beside you: A wrong step brings death! But, a wrong guess brings ...
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Shakespeare. William Shakespeare

Can you determine these popular quotes as retold by Shakespeare? Before anyone points out, yes I'm aware that Bill used predominantly iambic pentameter, but I've never been a huge fan of that, so I'm ...
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I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books

Riddle me this: I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books. I described what you observed, but perhaps not at ...
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A Void in my Heart

Exit the games, log off the Internet, Avert the kids vocalizing with the tv set, Silence the ringtones and with quiet song Bring out my friend, let his subjects say so long. For eleven ...
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What comes next in this poetic sequence?

This is an ode to me I am just too good When compared to thee. For I am indeed so hot My fire cannot be contained Near me, sit you shall not. Sever your self-worth And behold my might ...
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I can be heavy, but I'll never sink. When I am ready, my glass is a drink

Riley Riddle: My prefix runs past, When you leave what you cast, Where a square may be skipped by a pawn. My suffix is vast, When I swap first with last, Where a breath may be currently ...
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The King's new dress

The King has come to me at once And ordered that I make a suit "The suit should have a lot of folds Contain a lot of metal discs Please color it by using paint Then decorate with flower ...
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Sudoku as Poetry: A Tag-Fusion Masterpiece

This is an entry in the 19th fortnightly topic challenge: Unconventional Tag Fusion. I wrote some poetry for you, but it's hidden within this sudoku. Solve the puzzle and find the poem. For those ...
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We are brothers

We are five, Without us you will definitely strive. Eldest one always believes in us, Next one believes in nothing, (so remaining four said him goodbye) Youngest three together, are ...
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Reductio Ad Absurdum

This is a riddle with diminishing returns. It's acrostic again. Can't kick that habit. No special knowledge is needed. When you find the answer, you will be in no doubt. Faker! They cried and cut ...
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He Was Victorious (a short riddle)

He was victorious, say you, in a foreign tongue. He was almost there, he's a ring in the skin; A half-fisted stove; a snake by the nines. Christmas Eve now holds their endless odd gin. What is this ...
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Can you feel the fire?

Can you feel the fire? It burns us up; Then it starts feeling fine. It becomes a place of hope, Where we endlessly rest in agony. Now tell me, friend, after all we've been through, ...
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History Calls - Twice!

You'd send a letter to me, but I'm not quite what you think. You'd send a letter in me, but only if you didn't know me. I was a gem in my day for being both bold and precise. I stood ...
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We cause the tears but not the cry

We're concerned with who but never why, We cause the tears but not the cry. We're from a world that's found by you, Where two is one and one is two. What are we?
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Half an awful haiku

Attempt to find the last word: Cheryl nowhere errs She ebbs one or nag envy Aha flap green gel Purely abjurer reef Fur roof bar be ant rail Nun sync terra ???
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A crumbled, jumbled poem

I wrote a beautiful, verbose poem for you all, but Riddler went and scrambled the whole thing up! Can you figure out the order of the lines and put it back together again for me? And while you're at ...
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Wordplay is Heavier Than Me

Riddle me this: Usually, I am prepared, If only correctly designed; Otherwise I am impaired, Though once I am made, I am blind. My travels remain unforeseen, By makers as well as the ...
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Await your command, what am I?

I'm not an idea, but I stand in those shoes Can't count the times that I've been used Sometimes I'm seen, sometimes I'm not But when I die, I wont be forgot You hold of high ...
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I am an instrument if I am joined with a board, to which you could use me to play an abundance of chords

Riddle me this: I am an instrument if I am joined with a board, To which you could use me to play an abundance of chords. I am a foundation if I am joined with a stone, To which ...
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A Screen Cap of a Googlewhack

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The Death Of An Angel

Lovely she was, oh the things I wanted to do to her... Going to that nice restaurant, eating everything I could and even more. Giving her that ring was hard, I desired to keep it for ...
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Art Thou Addressing Me?

Yesterday's Shakespearean quotes went so well, I decided to give it another go. I tried to pick ones that were a tad more obscure (by which I mean featured on fewer top X lists), but all are in my ...
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Alone, I am a group of three

Alone, I am a group of three. When the leader becomes the trailer then I just did me. Then reverse, turn back, I'm seven of twelve times two, The one that's last to first is drunk ...
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A Confused Riddle Subject

I thought that I was a kind of cake... Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache! Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff. I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough! Can you ...
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Literary Haikus

Inspired by this riddle, I've created a group of haikus each of which describes a well-known work of literature and its author. A mighty master Of small precious jewellery. A tollman eager. ...
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a spell for summoning help

Mutter dos de thou around a rhetorical shape, then pause with the hero of Card's game. Then let it sit for far too long while the celts tell you how many bards came. Our protagonist makes another ...
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Ode to convergence

Taking a numeral core (digits: a non-quad four) digits I ordered, then lesser I minused, till evolve I couldn't more. What is this unfathomably clunky poem all about?
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Got the balls to answer?

Comes from the past but it won't last It might shine first but it will rust Ideally, there are three friends he can trust They keep him busy, so it won't gather dust What is it? Hint: The second ...
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Thinking Outside the Box

Think sunburnt capital and Charles the great. Think part of a train with a rather large weight. Think of a wagon but with what added on. If I amused as I puzzled, that's the art in the con.
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A wonderfully poor poem

To start, I'm strangely missing. Modified, I'm what a silly chef lacks. Again, and I'm subtly present. Do me harm, and I'm perhaps you. With a change, I'm tall and resilient. Again, and this is ...
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Time to Settle Down!

Lots of puzzles on this site take some time to solve. Nothing wrong with that, but I'll try to introduce a short puzzle every now and then :) Gold is my meal; Silver, I free; My colour reveals ...
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Find my number please?

This is my first question on here so if it is not correct then please comment. ...
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Why it's so hard to learn English as a second language!

Consider the following poem: From the frozen brook I withdrew my hand, And I understand. As yesterday I understood. My sweat runs free while cutting wood. Like yesterday's limbs and I feel ...
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Another New Riddle I Designed

Riddle me this: If you want to find me, then here's my suggestion: You must look in a barnyard and forget the question. Fill the gap with yourself, but do not change the sound; ...
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4x4 chessboard, bishops and knights are removed, 4 moves to checkmate

Four-by-four chessboard Bishops and knights are removed Four moves to checkmate Minor spoiler: Source: Me, I think this website needs more haiku :)
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Love is a chore

There's a match in my pocket And an ace up my sleeve Yet I'm no magician That you can conceive I'm admired in New York London and more Yet I am no God And love is a chore You can set me on grass Or ...
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Find the poet in the poem

I sit on a circle; I jump on a square. My clothes are tailor-made, but don't really fit. My shorter cousin's enemy is a lamp that is lit. If you wrote down my name, I wouldn't know it ...
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The Best Day of the Week

To speak beneath the somber air Oh, where the cattle meet! To find a belle to stay awhile And linger as we eat To kill a mate, two may suffice; And let us acquiesce To making war with all of ...
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In Rebellion I Earned My Fame

In rebellion I earned my fame; Before the events, few knew my name. Of origin, none can be sure; My resting place too is obscure. With arrow and bow I left my mark; Life under foreign ...
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I'm Not A Racist Warrior!

Being a holy warrior is my pride Yet will I never truly be a knight For they say bad is my eyesight Though I know that is not right It's just how I am meant to be That half this earth I ...
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The thought of my prefix brings many a smile; My infix is, mathematically

Here's my first attempt at a Riley! Good luck! The thought of my prefix brings many a smile; Sit down, relax, or sleep for a while. My infix is, mathematically; One point six times ...
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A rather odd Crate of Haikus

1: If you're positive, I'm so super attractive- My flow is current. 2: I am a high spy, Or a big help on the road. I can be for Sky. 3: Typical package, You can do ...
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I am found in a pool, never sinking nor afloat; pass the squares that I rule, and a soldier must promote

Riddle me this: Although I'm a cube, I do not have six sides; Beneath me is green, although no grass resides. My pockets are large enough — I can fall in! But then you'll fall ...
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My suffix is short for the place where you are…

My suffix is short for the place where you are, My infix for who, My prefix for where you can learn about what's Mistaken for me in a crowd at least two. To echo a riddle that's ...
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Finally back on Puzzling… and I have a new kind of puzzle (I think)

Oh my God. Okay, I have a lot of things to catch up on. First, a belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! to everyone. Second, have any rules on Puzzling.SE vitally changed during the past three months? And last but ...
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Who is William?

Meadow of visions The tranquility of young sheep The pious, the wretched, and the unsightly Pirates of the misplaced vessel Liberate William
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Classic Cryptic Cluing

(Guiltless in cent.) when I've taken a chair. (Absence of all thing) asserting thing there. (Not any human one) it is true. (Sure of kw.) a small charge for you. The answer is a song title. "...
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Son at War — A Story Riddle

This is a riddle inspired by @PerpetualJ's story riddles (e.g. here and here. If you like this riddle, I suggest checking out the linked riddles!). It was originally my assignment, hahah, but I ...