Sir Roy’s Riddle #7 (Answer and Explanation)

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Let Us Pray

The words expressed are often left unsaid
Within the context of a story told
Determining the outcome in one’s head
By delving deep, perchance wouldst then unfold
Both vegetable and mineral at source
Confuses all who have so much to say
For what they see, may not be true of course
Such underlying thought the price to pay
If thee should cast your line to hook the prize
By using concept some hath deemed obscure
In sailing seven seas, may yet surprise
With tales to tell for all who stayed onshore
Tho’ aged demise revealed in broad daylight
This premise still to some is out of sight

Richard

Hidden meaning within the “Riddle”:-

1) Title “Let Us Pray” – a play on words Let Us – Lettuce

2)“The words expressed are often left unsaid within the context of a story told” –Omission

3)“Determining the outcome in one’s head” – Determined “earnest” story plot

4)“By delving deep, perchance wouldst then unfold” – below the water line

5)“Both vegetable and mineral at source” – “Lettuce”- vegetable & an “Iceberg” is a mineral, it has a definite chemical composition (an inorganic solid)

6)“For what they see, may not be true of course, such underlying thought the price to pay” – two thirds of an Iceberg lies beneath the surface, therein lies the danger

7)“If thee should cast your line to hook the prize” – He received the Nobel Prize for Literature, exemplified by the style of his book “The Old Man and the Sea”

8)“In sailing seven seas, may yet surprise, with tales to tell for all who stayed ashore” – The danger caused by “Icebergs” as told through the tragedy of “Titanic.” After setting sail from Southampton a total of 31 passengers disembarked, 24 in France and 7 in Ireland, one being a member of the crew (Mr John Coffey) who jumped ship, before “Titanic” sailed off to its destiny.

9)“Tho’ aged demise revealed in broad daylight” - In the opening chapter of “Death in the Afternoon” Hemingway compares his theory about writing to that of an iceberg. The hard facts float above water while the supporting structure, complete with symbolism, operates out-of-sight

1st Clue - He thought it was a cool idea whilst others were a bit lukewarm – Some authors found it difficult to write in this style

2nd Clue - He polarised literary schools of thought – He broke away (As an Iceberg does from the polar ice caps) from the main body of presentation, to pioneer his theory of omission

3rd Clue - Atop Africa’s Highest Mountain – “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” a short story by Hemingway

4th Clue - "Yeah well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand" – The Theory of Omission

5th Clue – The “Source” is an American Author – Ernest Hemingway


In conclusion the two part answer to the ”Riddle” Let Us Pray is:-

“Iceberg Theory” or (Theory of Omission) as proposed by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) - A Great American Author


Thanks to all who supported “Sir Roy’s Riddle #7” either through submission of “Guesses” or by just clicking on and deliberating.:)

I do hope you feel I was not overly deceptive in the wording of either my “Sonnet Riddle” or multiple “Clues” provided.

The “Riddler” has a certain licence in response. I am sure all realise this too was “Just for Fun”

The winner will be announced after a short analysis by our “Team of adjudicators” :)

Aramis /|\

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