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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Anon (FoGT) 38III

Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.) 2017, ‘Anonymous Lausavísur, Stanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise 38’ in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds), Poetry from Treatises on Poetics. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 617.

Anonymous LausavísurStanzas from the Fourth Grammatical Treatise

og ‘and’

3. ok (conj.): and, but; also


[2] og ‘and’: FoGT 1884, 291 emends og to ek in order to have every line begin with the same word.


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See Introduction to sts 38-41. Stanza 38 illustrates repetition of single words at the beginnings of lines, which the prose text compares to the skaldic verse-form greppaminni ‘poets’ reminder’. Greppaminni, however, as illustrated in SnSt Ht 40, is in dróttkvætt metre and is characterised by a series of questions posed in the first helmingr and answered in the second.

Although each of sts 38-41 is free-standing, both syntactically and in terms of sense, sts 38 and 41 can be understood to form an outer semantic envelope, as it were, with their sentiments only appropriate as the words of Christ to mankind. Stanzas 39 and 40 also belong together in sense and can be read as referring to the properties of heaven.


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