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Anaïs Mitchell's version of "Riddles Wisely Expounded" has these questions:

“What is greener than the grass?
And what is smoother than the glass?”
“What is louder than a horn?
And what is sharper than a thorn?”
“What is deeper than the sea?
And what is longer than the way?”

And these answers:

“Envy’s greener than the grass
Flattery’s smoother than the glass”
“Rumor’s louder than a horn
Slander’s sharper than a thorn”
“Regret is deeper than the sea
But love is longer than the way”

So here is a twofold task for you. First, can you answer one or two of the following, in comments? And then, can you add a question or two of your own, on this pattern? And, if you stop by and others have already commented, feel free to answer one of their questions rather than one of these.

What is blacker than coal?
What is more slippery than oil?
What is faster than lightning?
What is more bold than a lion?
What is more fragile than a bubble?
What is colder than ice?
What is hotter than the sun?

sovay asks,
What is sleeker than the silk?
What is harder than the stone?


sartorias asks,
What is purer than the spring waters?
What is sweeter than blossom honey?


pjthompson, commenting on Twitter, asks,
What is slower than an old woman's step?
What is more barren than an icebox? a cabinet of ice?**
What is more crowded than the head of a pin?

(She supplies answers too, but I want to see what you'll supply)
**I misremembered--this latter is her actual wording

marycatelli asks,
What is earlier than a crocus?
What is later than an aster?


pigshitpoet asks,
What is loftier than a cloud?

cmcmck asks,
What is fouler than a swine?
What is deader than a nail
What deeper than a mine?
And what is slower than a snail?


khiemtran proposes some questions that can all be answered with "Holyoke Voles." (This makes more sense in the context of this thread.)
Who are faster than lightning?
Who are blacker than coal?
Who are bolder than a lion?
(Yes!) It's the Holyoke Voles!

Who are sleeker than the silk?
Who are tougher than the Moles?
Who are harder than the stone?
(Yes!) It's the Holyoke Voles!


marycatelli has a new question duo:
What is more silver than silver?
What is more gold than gold?








Comments

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sovay
Mar. 21st, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
First, can you answer one or two of the following, in comments? And then, can you add a question or two of your own, on this pattern?

A child is bolder than a lion; hope is hotter than the sun.

What is sleeker than the silk?
What is harder than the stone?

Edited at 2017-03-21 08:25 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Mar. 21st, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'll add your questions up top.
sartorias
Mar. 21st, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
Hatred is blacker than coal.
Politicians are more slippery than oil.
Rumor is faster than lightning.
Self-righeousness is more bold than a lion.
peace is more fragile than a bubble.
Shunning is colder than ice.
Passion is hotter than the sun.

What is purer than the spring waters?
What is sweeter than blossom honey?
asakiyume
Mar. 21st, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh NICE!! Thank you so much for playing!

I'll add your questions up top.
pinkroo
Mar. 21st, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
I love Anais so much!
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:47 am (UTC)
She is very rad ^_^
marycatelli
Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:46 am (UTC)
O, space it is blacker than coal,
and time is more slippery than oil;
The dark is faster than lightning,
And the wind, more bold than a lion.
A dream is more fragile than a bubble,
Hatred is colder than ice,
Anger is hotter than the sun,
Speed is sleeker than the silk,
And courage is harder than the stone.
Truth is purer than the spring waters,
Youth is sweeter than blossom honey.

What is earlier than a crocus?
What is later than an aster?
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
*gorgeous*

**mad applause!!**

I'll add your questions up top. (I love your rhymes of truth and youth for your answers to Sartorias's questions)
(no subject) - pigshitpoet - Mar. 22nd, 2017 02:06 am (UTC) - Expand
marycatelli
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
Waiting is slower than an old woman's step,
Dust is more barren than an icebox,
Laughter is more crowded than the head of a pin.
marycatelli
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
BTW, I can't find the twitter responses.
(no subject) - asakiyume - Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:25 am (UTC) - Expand
pigshitpoet
Mar. 22nd, 2017 02:02 am (UTC)
wow
at first this was mesmerizing but now my mind is blown..

word play at its finest!

thank you!

i can't think of anything, my head is full of aphorisms... turning in on themselves!

your plan worked! you have conquered the world!

asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: wow
Collaboratively we've conquered the world--I think this works so well because people's creativity sparks off each other.

I did this with one of my students--we made each other questions and then we answered each other's questions, and then she wrote a poem incorporating those. It was *amazing*.
Re: wow - pigshitpoet - Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:39 am (UTC) - Expand
pigshitpoet
Mar. 22nd, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
wait!
i thought of one.. i hope



what is loftier than a cloud?

a thought is loftier than a cloud...

; )
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: wait!
Aww, I love it!

I'll add it in question form up above and we'll see what other things people think are loftier than clouds.
Re: wait! - pigshitpoet - Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:40 am (UTC) - Expand
cmcmck
Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:35 am (UTC)
What is blacker than coal?
What is more slippery than oil?
What is faster than lightning?
What is more bold than a lion?
What is more fragile than a bubble?
What is colder than ice?
What is hotter than the sun?

Night is blacker than the coal
The devil's more slippery than oil
Spite is faster than the lightning
St George more bold than any lion
Life's more fragile than a bubble
Hatred burns cold as any ice
The chase is hotter than the sun

Now I've answered your questions seven....... :o)
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)
Now you have answered my questions seven
Will you ask me questions eleven?

Or even one or two?

(I like the devil and the chase as answers, in particular!)
(no subject) - cmcmck - Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - asakiyume - Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
amaebi
Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
The underground coal mine the coal comes from is blacker than it is, when its lights are out.

A happy toddler is bolder than a lion.

Worship of a bottle of bleach is more barren than a cabinet of ice.

The thought of a crocus is earlier than the crocus.
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:41 pm (UTC)
Whoa, the bottle of bleach one is very thought-provoking!

And the crocus one makes me smile.

Do you have any questions you'd like to add?
khiemtran
Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:55 pm (UTC)
I choose to answer your questions with a non-extistent team song...

Who are faster than lightning?
Who are blacker than coal?
Who are bolder than a lion?
(Yes!) It's the Holyoke Voles!

Who are sleeker than the silk?
Who are tougher than the Moles?
Who are harder than the stone?
(Yes!) It's the Holyoke Voles!
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:00 pm (UTC)
thank you!
I *adore* this. I think I'm going to have to order some Holyoke Voles shirts and start a team.
marycatelli
Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
Honor is loftier than a cloud,
And disgrace is fouler than a swine;
A knave's soul is deader than a nail,
and a knight's valor is deeper than a mine.
Slower than a snail is the path from knave to knight.

What is more silver than silver?
What is more gold than gold?
asakiyume
Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:55 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. You and cmcmck should publish your combined questions-and-answers somewhere. They deserve broader readership than just my blog....


PS, I'll add your new questions up above.


Edited at 2017-03-22 10:56 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - cmcmck - Mar. 23rd, 2017 11:57 am (UTC) - Expand
dudeshoes
Mar. 25th, 2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
Blacker than coal: misdirected anger.
What is deeper than the ocean?
asakiyume
Mar. 26th, 2017 01:51 pm (UTC)
In "Riddles Wisely Expounded," regret is deeper than the sea, but other things could be too--maybe the musings of philosophers, or the sleep of the dead, or the mysteries of existence.
(no subject) - dudeshoes - Mar. 26th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
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