Monday, August 15, 2011

Beowulf: Kennings

Kennings are seen and used constantly in Old Norse. It is a form of literary trope, the usage of figurative speech in literature. It consists of two nouns combined to describe an object. The nouns are usually simple and symbolize the object itself. Kenning can work in two forms. One, it includes two nouns side-by-sIde. Two, it can written in the form as such: noun of [the] noun For example, if the object was a pen or pencil, the two nouns to describe it would be utensil and literature. Thus a kenning used to describe a pen would be utensil of literature.
These are a couple of other examples:

1. knowledge-consultant

2. operator of transport

3. brainchild of technology

4. obssessions of infatuation

5. device of explosions

examples in order
(a teacher)
(a bus driver)
(a computer)

1 comment:

  1. TOAST score (see Mr. Webb's blog): 12/12

    T: 3/3.
    O: 3/3. I liked that you included how they work (i.e. blank of the blank).
    A: 3/3. It's cool that you wrote them, and then waited a few lines before answering. Let me almost play a guessing game (if I hadn't made up them in the first place).
    S: 0/0. (None required for this assignment.)
    T: 3/3.