This week, at Poetry Club we are going to create some ‘riddles’ known as ‘kennings.’ Kennings are derived from Norse and Anglo-Saxon poetry. They are written by using two-word phrases in the place of a one-word noun.
Kennings could be used to describe everyday objects, animals, hobbies or people. For example:
Dog – face-licker
Baby – noise-maker
Computer – data-giver
Footballer – ball-kicker
Lion – prey-stalker
If you then put together a collection of two-word phrases, you can build up your kennings poem on a chosen subject;
Pets or animals are great subjects for kennings. Here’s my kennings poem for a cat:
You could also choose a hobby or an occupation. Here’s my kenning for a gardener; Kennings certainly don’t have to rhyme, but I’ve decided to round this kenning off with a rhyming pair;
You could write a kenning about a famous person. Here’s my kenning on The Queen!
And, as one of the original aims of our Poetry Club was to write poems that might cheer our loved ones up (particularly grandparents or great-grandparents), a family member could easily be the subject of your kenning:
Here’s one for grand-dad; I’ve chosen to use four pairs of rhyming kennings for this poem.
So, hopefully now you get the idea of how to write a kenning.
Have fun, and remember to send me your kennings at firstname.lastname@example.org