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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anonymous Poems (Anon)

III. 1. Bjúgar vísur (Bjúgvís) - 1

not in Skj

2.2: Bjúgar vísur (‘Bent verses’) — Anon BjúgvísIII

Tarrin Wills 2017, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Bjúgar vísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 532.

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Skj: Anonyme digte og vers [XII]: G [3]. Bjúgar vísur, et digt fra det 12. årh. (AI, 626, BI, 634); stanzas (if different): [v]

in texts: Gramm, TGT

SkP info: III, 532

old edition introduction edition manuscripts transcriptions concordance references search files

 

The title of this fragment (Anon Bjúgvís) given here derives from the A ms. of TGT, which introduces the fragment thus (TGT 1927, 64): Sínalimphe tekr ór annan raddar-staf, ef ii. raddar-stafir standaz hit næsta í tveim samstǫfum sem í bjúgum vísum (W has only sem hér) ‘Synaloephe omits a second vowel if two vowels stand together in two syllables, as in Bjúgar vísur’. The phrase should mean ‘bent verses’ and is taken as the title of a poem by earlier editors. ONP: bjúgr suggests that this is not a title but rather a description of the type of verse in which synaloephe can occur, ‘?flexible, pliable (capable of adapting itself to the verse-form)’. This is quite likely: adjectives do not seem to be used as the first element in poem titles. The interpretation of bjúgar vísur as a title is, however, retained here. The fragment is preserved in mss A (main ms. for this edn) and W of TGT.

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