Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 58’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1167.
context: The metre is called Braga háttr ‘Bragi’s verse-form’ after the earliest named skald whose
poetry has been preserved (Bragi Boddason (Bragi)). It is characterised by a
lack of internal rhymes in the odd lines, but the syllable in position 5 of
each odd line (in the cadence) forms internal rhyme with the syllables in
positions 1 (skothending) and 3 (aðalhending) in the following even line.
notes: The heading in Tˣ is 50. — Not all of the features that characterise this metre occur in the surviving poetry attributed to Bragi. His odd lines frequently lack internal rhyme, and there are occasional examples of the syllable in the cadence of odd lines rhyming with syllables in the following even lines, and also of rhyme in positions 1 and 3 of the even lines (see Kuhn 1981; 1983, 80-2).
texts: ‹Ht 61›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 58 (AII, 67; BII, 77); Skald II, 43, NN §§1161C, 2992B; SnE 1848-87, I, 672-3, III, 125-6, SnE 1879-81, I, 9, 81, II, 22, SnE 1931, 240, SnE 2007, 26; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 35.