Free Write #5 – Kennings
If this word is new to you, as it was to me, it is a literary device in which a poetic phrase substitutes for a noun. A memorable kenning occurs when one element of the phrase creates a striking, unexpected comparison. Ex. sky-candle (the sun). (With thanks to Mike Schmidt.)
Write 5 kennings and say what they mean in parentheses.
Wicket from Word Well – where my well is the song I’m listening to by Rachael Yamagata
This. is. hard.
Actually, I have to turn the music off! It’s stealing my brain’s power to think.
Wounded thumper = Broken heart
Cell killer = Cancer
Avian bed = bird nest
Sky beacon – starlight
Man, I’m a poet, should’t this be way easier?
*she stares at the screen*
Idea slasher = blinking cursor (!!)
Word home = book
Food rester = plate
Finger circle = ring
Wait – Five! Just create five! I did it!
Brain challenge = kenning
6 minutes left…
What to write? What to write?
Yesterday I wrote a sonnet. That was a great challenge. A Shakespearean sonnet, to be specific. What’s a kenning for that?
Masterful rhyme story = Shakespearean sonnet
Maybe I’ll just keep going…
Neck snuggler = scarf
Lobe bling = earring
Pucker paste = lipstick – hazaaaah! now I got it…
Stink subsider = mouth wash
Pit perfume = deodorant
Enamel shiner = tooth brush
There’s a theme here! Hygiene?!
Foot glove = sock
Tongue dance = french kiss
Melon room = bra (!!!!)
Skin message = tattoo
Bark body = tree
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