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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

1. 33. Eyjólfr dáðaskáld, Bandadrápa, 9 [Vol. 1, 468]

[All]: This is not strictly a stanza, since these five lines were dispersed, as the constituents of the klofastef ‘split refrain’, rather than grouped in the original poem. However, SnE preserves the first three lines together, the other two clearly belong here and it is useful to see all five together so that the syntax is complete (so also Konráð Gíslason 1879a, 185; Skj; ÍF 26, 340 n.). Line 1 appears at st. 2/8, l. 2 at sts 4/4 and 7/4, l. 3 at sts 4/8 and 7/8, l. 4 at st. 5/8 and l. 5 at 8/8. These five lines form a single, complete syntactic unit, and are dovetailed in such a way that there is no scope for insertion of further lines within the series (see Note to ll. 1-2). Fidjestøl (1982, 113-14) discusses the lines in relation to the stanza order of Banddr but his inferences concerning a set of two stef, each of three lines, seem not to take account of their syntactic unity. 

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