A kenning poem is a special type of poem that describes an object or a creature without ever using its name. The poem is made up of a list of four descriptions and each description has only two words. Here’s are examples – can you guess what they are? Slide the panel to the right to show what the object is.

Make your own Kenning poem

Create a poem game

Cut out some squares of card the same size. Draw your an object or a creature on one side. Create a Kenning poem for the other side. Ask family members to choose a card with the word side up and guess what is on the other side.

Here are more examples of pit pony poems. Which one do you prefer? Why?

A dusty dragger

A blind walker

A blackened soul

A coal hauler

A cart puller

A silent labourer

A sooty toiler

A dark shadow