“WHY IS A RAVEN LIKE A WRITING DESK?” was a nonsensical query posited by the Mad Hatter to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. In the original 1865 printed book, Carroll provided no real answer but over the years he relented to fan pressure and formulated the following:
“Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!” “Never” was originally “nevar” but a typesetter mistakenly fixed the pun.
Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven was published 20 years before Alice in Wonderland so herewith is my own “Poe-tic” answer to the riddle . . .
“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
“Be-caws it is nevar-more than a caws-way to better Poe-try!”