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2.0 out of 5 stars Do you like contemporary poetry?, 4 May 2013
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The problem with this is the 100 contemporary poets. All too many of them either don't know how to write a riddle, have forgotten they're supposed to be writing a riddle rather than a poem, or are simply trying to be too clever by half (a problem with much modern artistic output, to my mind, whatever the art in question). I consider myself a reasonable riddle solver, but most of these are too vague for you to stand any chance at guessing what was in the poet's mind. All too often, it is only when armed with the answer that you can re-read the poem and say "Oh, I suppose it could be that..."

There are some well-written ones, notably Crossley-Holland who ought to know how to write a riddle & does! It may work as a book of contemporary poetry where the poems have a double purpose i.e. as riddles as well, but not when presented as a book of riddles first & foremost. It certainly cannot fairly be described as a "riposte" to the original Exeter Book of Riddles. As I have little liking for modern poetry, it doesn't really appeal to me, hence the 2* rating.
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