Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Kálfr Hallsson, Kátrínardrápa, 34 [Vol. 7, 952]

[1] með stuðla knífi ‘with the knife of [alliterating] staves’: The meaning of this kenning is not entirely clear. Finnur Jónsson (Skj B) translates med digtningens kniv ‘with the knife of poetry’, assuming perhaps that stuðlar are metonymous for poetry generally. In LP, however, he interprets the kenning to refer to the tongue, and this may be the more plausible surmise, if the image underlying the kenning is of a sharp instrument that cuts the (wooden) props that support the poem.


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