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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Heather O'Donoghue


This book is a study of the various relationships between verse and prose in a series of Old Norse-Icelandic saga narratives. It shows how the interplay of skaldic verse, with its metrical intricacy and cryptic diction; and saga prose, with its characteristic spare clarity, can be used by saga authors to achieve a wide variety of sophisticated stylistic and psychological effects. In sagas, there is a fundamental distinction between the use of verses ostensibly to corroborate what is stated in the narrative, and the use of verses to represent the speech of characters in the narrative. Corrobora ... More

Keywords: Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Old Norse, Old Icelandic, sagas, Skaldic verse, prosimetrum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267323
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather O'Donoghue, author
Reader in Old Norse, University of Oxford
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