This book is the first study of Persian literary riddles to appear in English, analysing a wide range of complex riddling poems systematically from the tenth to the twelfth century. In addition to the genre of riddles, the book examines the relationship between metaphors and riddles and the genre of literary description. Riddles belong to the oldest genre in many literary traditions. O amber-bodied idol, precious ruby!You are fire with ambergris smoke, amber with fiery smoke;You have silver in your heart, red sulfur in your mouth;You have a snake in your throat, its teeth are on your tongue. You.