NaPoWriMo: Poem – Kennings – Vallinella – “Mermaid- Creature”


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And finally, our prompt (optional, as always)! Today’s prompt comes to us from Vince Gotera, who suggests a prompt very much in keeping with our poet in translation, a “kenning” poem. 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. If you’re looking for examples, you can find one that Vince wrote here and a different example here. Happy writing!

Please see NaPoWriMo for more information. A Vallinella has a rhyme scheme of aba aba aba aba aba abba.

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Ocean-dweller, belle wave- surfer,

Tide-drifter, a seaweed-eater,

Half-woman, fish-legs, egg-birther,

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Treasure-collector, oceanic – worth,

Seashell-comb, seashell-bust, sweeter.

Shark-tamer, legendary-curse.

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Beauty-fish, plankton-biter, search.

Tiny-fish-eater, a man-eater?

Drowner of surface-walker, worst.

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Water- woman, seeker-of -worth,

Gill-breather, and ocean-drifter,

Feet-wisher, mammal-fish, girl-cursed.

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Torso-woman, beauty-birther,

Man-drowner, and sailor-sleeper,

Sirene-kin, folklore-maid at first.

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Salted-skin, dreamer-fish, surges.

Walking-fish, fairytale-wisher,

Sweet-girl, sailor-terror, whispers.

Secret-keeper, courage-maid, lures.

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Pirates of the Carribean 4: Mermaid Scene

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8 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Poem – Kennings – Vallinella – “Mermaid- Creature””

  1. Once again, I admire the way you craft the rhyming here. I am reminded of your story of Talise. If in that story, there were a siren song, I think this would be it. The attraction and the danger of the mermaid are detailed here in a sonorous way.

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    1. Thank you Christopher. Indeed, I’be been working on the next chapter of my novel. But when I thought of this I was much more thinking of the scene at the bottom of the post from Pirates of the Caribbean. Thanks for your thoughts 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jade. I love kennings they are neat. If you have ever read the very old story of Beowulf, which many students study in English, it is one of the first known pieces of literature to use kennings. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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