Challenge 20

We are officially two-thirds of the way through NaPoWriMo! For me, its the furthest in I’ve ever gotten. Anyway, today’s challenge is to do with Kennings. Kennings were riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas. Basically, they are ways of calling something not by its actual name, but by a sort of clever, off-kilter description — for example, the sea would be called the “whale road.” Today, I challenge you to think of a single thing or person (a house, your grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc.

Good Luck!

JT

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