The Meters of Old Norse Eddic Poetry: Common Germanic Inheritance and North Germanic Innovation (Hardcover)

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This book is a formal and functional study of the three distinct meters of Old Norse eddic poetry, fornyr islag, m lah ttr, and lj ah ttr. Itprovides a systematic account of these archaic meters, both synchronic and diachronic, and from a comparative Germanic perspective; particularly concerned with Norse innovations in metrical practice, Suzukiexplores how and why the three meters were shaped in West Scandinavia through divergent reorganization of the Common Germanic metrical system. The bookconstitutes the first comprehensive work on the meters of Old Norse eddic poetry in a single coherent framework; with thorough data presentation, detailed philological analysis, and sophisticated linguistic explanation, the book will be of enormous interest to Old Germanic philologists/linguists, medievalists, as well as metrists of all persuasions. A strong methodological advantage of this work is the extensive use of inferential statistical techniques for giving empirical support to specific analyses and claims being adduced. Another strength is a cognitive dimension, a (re)construction of a prototype-based model of the metrical system and its overall characterization as an integral part of the poetic knowledge that governed eddic poets' verse-making technique in general.

About the Author


Seiichi Suzuki, Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata, Japan.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783110335002
ISBN-10: 311033500X
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: December 11th, 2013
Pages: 1141
Language: English
Series: Reallexikon Der Germanischen Altertumskunde - Erganzungsband