TES Young Poet of the Week

Maura Dooley

A lawn mower A field loner A jumper provider A spring indicator A country lover A hill walker A nut eater KATY DAWS

A high-hooved hider A camouflaged coward A hunter's hit A velvet victim IAN BOLLOM

Many of the schools and young poets we have heard from have been experimenting with different forms: haikus, tankas, ghazals and kennings have all been popular. The kenning comes to us from Old Norse where, originally, it was a poetic circumlocution used instead of a more familiar word. For example, banhus (literally bonehouse), meaning body. Now the form is practised using three-word lines to describe something - and often the poet presents the subject of the poem as a riddle. The answers to these two are given below.


Poems by Katy Daws, aged 9, and Ian Bollom, aged 9, who will both receive Stopping for Death: Poems of Death and Loss, edited by Carol Ann Duffy (Viking). Submitted by Valerie Richardson of Bodiam C of E School, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, and Malcolm Lavery, head of Bury C of E First School, Pulborough, West Sussex. They will both receive the Poetry Society's teachers' newsletter. Poetry Society events: 0171 240 4810.

Answers: "sheep" and "deer"

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