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Kennings poems are like riddles, except your title tells the reader what the poem's subject is.

The subject is not mentioned again, instead 2-word descriptions form a rhythmic list that becomes your Kennings. A line in this poem (a 2-word description) is referred to as a `Kenning', therefore the whole poem is called a `Kennings' as it's a plural description. If you haven't written a Kennings before, start with a simple subject, such as an animal. Once your confidence grows so will your ability. Write your subject in the middle of a piece of paper. Around it write words and descriptions that you associate with your subject. For example, if your subject is your teacher, your ideas may include words such as: fun, inspiring, wears glasses, likes story time and drinking a cup of tea at break. Next use your ideas to write lots of 2-word lines. The second word in each line must end in `er'. Here is an example: My Teacher Fun-maker Clever-thinker Glasses-wearer Story-reader Tea-drinker Lesson-planner Homework-marker

Once you have a few lines, feel free to move them around into an order. Kennings don't have to rhyme but once you have written your Kennings, why not try writing it again as a rhyming poem? Here is an example of a rhyming Kennings. My Teacher Homework-marker Playground-larker Story-reader Classroom-leader Tea-drinker Clever-thinker Glasses-wearer Idea-sharer There is no line limit for a Kennings, but we suggest you try for at least 8 lines.

Once you've written your poem, why not send it to us at the Poetry Express, include your name, age and address with your poem.

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