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Vers oder nicht Vers?: Zum metrischen Charakter von Runeninschriften im älteren Futhark
Institute of Scandinavien Studies, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany.
2012 (German)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 63-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to contribute to a better understanding of the metrics of the early Germanic period through the study of runic inscriptions in the older futhark. Based on the principle that an established metrical structure must exist for the classification of an inscription as verse, seventeen inscriptions from the period between A.D. 200 and 700 previously identified as verse are analysed. The analytical tool employed is the scheme of metrical types established by Eduard Sievers in 1893. Three of the inscriptions could not be classified as verse, and for a few others the classification may be considered uncertain due to various metrical irregularities. Metrical inscriptions can consist of a single Germanic long-line or of stanzas consisting of two or more long-lines (the later fornyrðislag) as well as those combining long-lines with hypermetrical lines with three stresses, stanzaic forms that can be regarded as forerunners of the Old Norse ljóðaháttr. Some inscriptions combine verse with prose sections.

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2012. Vol. 2, 63-102 p.
Keyword [en]
Old Germanic, older futhark, runic poetry, metrics, Sievers verse types, alliteration, Germanic long-line, hypermetrical line, fornyrðislag, ljóðaháttr
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171054OAI: diva2:512971
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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