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Welcome to Young Writers' free Poetry Glossary

What is a Riddle?

A Riddle is a type of poem that describes something without actually naming what it is, leaving the reader to guess. A Riddle is a light hearted type of poetry which involves the reader.

Riddles can be about anything, from Riddles about animals to Riddles about objects. There are no rules on how to structure a Riddle poem, a Riddle can be funny or it can rhyme, it depends on the person writing the Riddle.

Example of a Riddle

Example of a Rhyming Riddle

Why don't you try writing a Riddle and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

More poetry types below.

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