Kennings At Monday Coffee

Have you ever heard of a Kennings poem? Hello and thanks for joining me for a Monday Coffee. The kettles boiling and our favourite mugs are waiting in anticipation. Let’s fill our cups and settle in the living room as it’s warmer than anywhere else in the house. Fancy a ginger nut to go with your beverage, or would you prefer some fudge?

Now that we’re settled, I thought I’d tell you about what’s been on my mind: poetry. I thought I was good at poetry and understood it, but after a quick, rather efficient lesson on the subject, I realise I’ve only scraped the surface! Not to be discouraged, I have been researching different forms of poetry I’m not so familiar with to broaden my knowledge. One of the fun styles I have tried are Kennings.

Here’s a quick definition:

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.

After a few minutes of fun, here is my attempt at a Kennings poem:

Slow breath

Out, in

Light drums

No fear

Faint light

Long road

Short lived

Easy going

Tick tock

Lights out

Slow stop

I’d love to hear what you think of it and if you can decipher the meaning held within. Why not try your hand at one? It’s great fun! Link it to my post or leave your link in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit your blog to see it.

Now that I’ve had my chance to speak my mind, tell me what’s on yours? Did you have a good weekend? Spill the beans while I refresh our beverages.

My weekend was pretty busy as usual. Studying, fulfilling Mum’s taxi service to teens and shopping for the week were just a few of the fun tasks squeezed into the 48 hours. I took the time to re-submit my book Deception to Amazon so, hopefully, in a few week’s time, it will again be available for purchase in the kindle/kobo/ebook format. The same has been done for A Tale of Knots, my children’s book about hairs and knots (secretly satirically playing out the drama of current politics under the guise of a children’s book!) who find it difficult to get along because they have different beliefs.

Before you go, here’s a link to my Amazon author page. There are great books for stocking fillers! Click on the pick below.

Join me again soon for a cuppa and a chat.

10 responses to “Kennings At Monday Coffee

  1. This is fascinating. I shall ponder what you are “riddling us” and perhaps,one day, I will try this. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Kenning | Write to Inspire

  3. I just had a lot of fun, trying my hand at Kenning over at my own blog, linking back to here. I’m not much of a poet, as most people know, but at least I had a go.

    If you haven’t read my Kenning poem yet, stop reading this comment right now as my next line is a BIG spoiler – the answer to my riddle…..

    Answer: Candle clock.

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  4. this is so fun, positive activity, way to go!!

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