Today we looked at kennings. A kenning is a sort of metaphor, originally used in Anglo-Saxon and old Norse poetry. In it, an object is described in a two-word phrase, such as ‘seal-field’ for ‘sea’ or skull-splitter for axe. Making a list of these about one subject creates an interesting poem. I still need to get more of the children’s personalities into our work, so our subject was just that. Here are some of the kennings we made…
Although my initial thought was to use this to generate more ideas for the opposites poem. I think this could also be a lovely idea on it’s own.