The word 'kenning' comes from Old Norse (the language of the Vikings) and Anglo-Saxon (Old English, the language that present-day English comes from). It is a way of talking about something without mentioning its name. Technically, this indirect way of expressing things is known as circumlocution or roundabout speaking. In this unit students will explore the features of kennings, then write their own kenning poem.
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