Presentation on theme: "KENNINGS What is a Kenning?"— Presentation transcript:
1 KENNINGS What is a Kenning? A Kenning is a compressed metaphor or description using two nouns to describe a subject, place or object.
2 Examples - Using a Kenning in a Sentence Story keeper - Book.Word fisher - Poet.Web maker - Spider.Sky climber - Mountain.Kenning is used in poetry to create different effects, They can be combined to make a poem called a Kennings in which a collection of kenning lines are combined to describe an object.Why don't you try writing a poem using a kenning and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.For information on poetry terms other than a kenning visit our poetry glossary – poetry terms
3 There are many examples of kennings in Beowulf and they are used with great variety throughout the story. Some more examples include: “helmet bearers” for warriors, “earth-hall” for burial mound or barrow, “stone-cliffs” for rocks, wall, cliffs of stone, “stout-hearted” for bravery and “shield-warrior” for fighter behind the shield. Many of these words appear in other readings of Anglo Saxon poetry.
4 Beowulf: The Poetry of Beowulf The kenning is another poetic device that was used by the oral poet.Examples of kennings from Beowulf:gold-shining hall= Herotguardian of crime= Grendelstrong-hearted wakeful sleeper= Beowulfcave-guard and sky-borne foe= dragon
5 Beowulf: The Poetry of Beowulf Create modern-day kennings for things you see around you.giver of wordsword-wand?