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Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Heather O'Donoghue

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

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 ... More


INTRODUCTION

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter examines the history of literary prosimetrum in Old Norse-Icelandic literature. It explains the distinction between corroborative verses and dialogue verses, and sets out ... More


The Sagas in English

Carl Phelpstead

in An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066516
eISBN:
9780813058719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066516.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter 5 considers the translation history of the sagas of Icelanders into English. The chapter reveals the importance of the Icelandic sagas to literary culture in the English-speaking world over ... More


THE ROLE OF VERSES IN NORSE HISTORICAL WORKS

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the role of verses in Old Norse-Icelandic historical sagas including Ágrip, Heimskringla, Fagrskinna, Morkinskinna, and the Legendary saga of St Óláfr. It shows that while the ... More


SPEECH, SILENCE, AND SUBJECTIVITY IN GÍSLA SAGA

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyses the use of verses as dialogue in the prosimetrum of Gísla saga. It shows how crediting a saga character with a verse may be a literary device to make manifest that character's ... More


EPILOGUE: HRAFNKELS SAGA AND THE HERO WITHOUT VERSE

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This epilogue shows how the hero of Hrafnkels saga, to whom no verses are attributed, is presented as an inscrutable, distant figure whose autocracy in the saga is insusceptible of explanation. With ... More


GRETTIS SAGA AND THE FICTIONALIZATION OF BIOGRAPHY

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores the complex interplay of diagetical and extra-diagetical, or soloiloquizing, dialogue verses in the prosimetrum of Grettis saga. Its hero, Grettir, is both ostensibly the author ... More


THE COMMUNITY AND THE INDIVIDUAL IN EYRBYGGJA SAGA

Heather O'Donoghue

in Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199267323
eISBN:
9780191708305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267323.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyses the interplay between corroborative and dialogue verses in the prosimetrum of Eyrbyggja saga. Although the majority of verses are introduced as the dialogue of saga characters, ... More


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