The answer to the riddle is boat. The dead is a metaphor for the boat which when alive was a tree. The living in this relationship are people (maybe animals, too) and the field of unrest is a metaphor for choppy water, most likely the sea. Describing water as a field makes it reckonable and containable, yet it is affected by the word unrest which is the most mysterious word in this sentence. It leads one to make jumps into the dark in order to fathom out what it could be. It is difficult not to think of a battlefield, with the dead being at such close quarters to the living, but then the field of unrest might also be a more general description of what life is; liable to change, like water. Aristotle describes this wordplay in his Poetics: The essence of a riddle is to express facts by combining them in an impossible way; this cannot be done by the mere arrangement of words but requires the use of metaphor. In Popas The Golden Apple, he has made the answer to the riddle the title, so it is no longer a puzzle. By this he aims at reestablishing for the reader the natural movement of the creative process.2
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