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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

2. 37. Sigvatr Þórðarson (biog. vol. 1), Bersǫglisvísur, 9 [Vol. 2, 20-1]

[8] þú hézt ‘you promised’: Retention of the pron. þú ‘you’ (so all mss) forces elision in metrical position 2 involving a closed syllable and a syllable with vocalic onset (-ur a-; ǫnnur an ‘other than’). That does not otherwise occur in early dróttkvætt poetry (see Kuhn 1983, 67). However, Sigvatr is known for bending the rules of skaldic composition, and full stress on the pron. þú certainly seems warranted by the tenor of the st.


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