Cite as: Kari Ellen Gade (ed.) 2017, ‘Snorri Sturluson, Háttatal 72’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 1183.
context: The metre is called ‘the short verse-form’
(inn skammi háttr). The odd lines
have one or two alliterating staves and lack internal rhyme, and the even lines
are structured similarly to those in st. 71 above, except that the syllables
carrying internal rhyme are short (bimoraic) rather than long.
notes: The rubric in R is lxv. — The odd lines are regular fornyrðislag (Sievers’s Types A1 (ll. 1, 5) and A3 (ll. 3, 7)), and the even lines have suspended resolution in metrical positions 1-2 and 3-4. An approximate version of this metre, but without internal rhyme, is found in Anon (HSig) 5II.
texts: ‹Ht 75›,
editions: Skj Snorri Sturluson: 2. Háttatal 72 (AII, 71; BII, 81); Skald II, 45; SnE 1848-87, I, 688-9, III, 129, SnE 1879-81, I, 12, 82, II, 27, SnE 1931, 245, SnE 2007, 31; Konráð Gíslason 1895-7, I, 45-6.