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Kennings Poem

What is a Kennings Poem?

A kenning is a two-word phrase describing an object, often using a metaphor. A kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone.

What is the structure of a Kennings Poem?

A kennings poem consists of several stanzas of two describing words. It can be made up of any number of kennings.

Example of a Kennings Poem:

Dummy-sucker
Teddy-thrower
Anything-chewer

Kiss-giver
Slave-employer
Dolly-hugger
Calm-destroyer

Milk-drinker
Nappy-leaker
Peace-breaker
Scream-shrieker

Unlike any other
My sister

 

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