Kennings were originally written in Old English or Old Norse. A kenning describes something familiar in an uncommon way, without using its name. The poem usually takes the form of a list – and each depiction of the object is two words. Sometimes a kenning can take the form of a puzzle poem. I’ve included a couple of my own to give you an idea.

Teacher by Nicole
Strict disciplinarian
Big ogre
Enthusiastic learner
Silent observer
Unquestionably genius
Constructive critic
Undoubtedly meanest
Always ticks

When? by Sarah Goodstone (aged 11)
Pipes knocking
Distant roaring
Quiet ticking
Faint sniffling
Gravel crunching
Wind moaning
Silence growing
Tip tapping
Heavy breathing
Cat crying
Owl hooting

Where Do I Play? by Roger Stevens
Ball plucker
Ball catcher
Ball puncher
Muddy scrambler
Fast diver
Crowd sorter
Long kicker
Expert thrower
Ace defender
Time passer
Goal saver
Game winner

Who Am I? by Roger Stevens
Huge hugger
Old jumper
Bike rider
Brick builder
Stamp collector
Armchair dozer
Wisdom giver
Life lover

(In goal, My Dad)