Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?
Have you Ever Wondered What Makes a Raven Like a Writing Desk?
If you’ve ever read Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, you might have pondered this question in the past. Just why is a raven like a writing desk?
Here are a few answers to that most mysterious of questions:
- A raven is like a writing desk, because Poe wrote on both - that is, Edgar Allen Poe wrote ‘The Raven’, and therefore wrote on ravens in a metaphorical sense, but he also wrote on a writing desk (presumably) in a literal sense.
- Because you can’t drink a cup of tea out of either - a nice, whimsical answer that would seem to fit with the rest of the nonsense going on around Alice.
- Because they are both inky - the colour of a raven, black, could be described as inky, and a writing desk which has seen any substantial use will also be covered in ink stains, and thus, ‘inky’ as well.
- Because they both have wings - an old-fashioned writing desk would have a drop-down or pull-out writing surface to save space when it wasn’t in use. This surface was called a wing or a leaf. Ravens, of course, have the usual kind of wings.
But what did Lewis Carrol have to say on the subject? Well, he was adamant that there was no answer - that the point of the riddle was to be nonsensical, and it had served its purpose as such. But of course, this is the land of make believe, so you can believe whatever you want!
It’s been a WHY BRAIN WORK NO days… lemme drop a couple cans of monster energy and see if that wont shock my head into working.
In the meantime, please to enjoy this photo of an all white raven:
A Raven Mask, Tulugaak - Inuit
Published on November 17, 2010 by John
Raven at the Headwaters of Nass hat, Seattle Art Museum,
attributed to Kadyisdu.axch’, Tlingit, Kiks.ádi clan,
active late 18th – early 19th century.
There are human figures crouching within Raven’s ears.
In Inuit mythology, Tulugaak was the creator of light. The meaning of /tulugaq/ is ‘raven’; cf. the god Tuluŋigraq (“something like a raven”).