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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

3. Anonymous Poems, 3. Kúgadrápa, 1 [Vol. 3, 535]

[All]: Óláfr (TGT 1927, 85) states: Hér er óeiginlig framfæring ok líking, þvíat lof er fyrir háð sett. Þessi fígúra er jafnan sett í skáldskap ‘Here is an improper transfer and comparison, because praise is used for mockery. This figure is often used in poetry’. This is strongly reminiscent of Snorri’s preface to Hkr, regarding incorrectly attributing achievements to rulers (ÍF 26, 5): Þat væri þá háð, en eigi lof ‘That would then be mockery and not praise’. See also Eldj Lv 2II for a similar example.

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