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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.

 

An example of a Kennings poem

My Sister

Dummy-sucker
Teddy-thrower
Anything-chewer
Bubble-blower

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

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

Unlike any other
My sister



Why don't you try writing a Kennings poem or a rhyming Kennings and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry types other than a Kennings visit our poetry glossary – poetry types.

Poetry Types

Acrostic Epigram Lyric Shakespearean Sonnet
Ballad Free verse Ottava rima Sonnet
Ballade Haiku Pantoum Tanka Poem
Blank verse Horatian Ode Pindaric Ode Terza rima
Cinquain Irregular Ode Riddle Tetractys
Diamante Kennings Rondeau Triolet
Echo Verse Kyrielle Senryu Tyburn
Epic Limerick Shape Poem  
 
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