Download e-book for kindle: A History of Icelandic Literature (Histories of Scandinavian by Daisy Neijmann

By Daisy Neijmann

ISBN-10: 0803233469

ISBN-13: 9780803233461

A historical past of Icelandic Literature offers a whole assessment of the literature of Iceland, from the country's cost within the 9th century until eventually the current day, together with chapters on lesser-known parts reminiscent of drama, kid's literature, women's literature, and North American Icelandic literature. it's the first paintings to provide non-Icelandic readers a wide-ranging creation to Iceland's literature and every contributor to this quantity is a famous specialist in his or her area.Despite its peripheral geographical place and small inhabitants, Iceland produced essentially the most outstanding literary treasures of the center a long time, relatively sagas and Eddic poetry. those medieval works have encouraged poets and writers around the centuries, who in flip have encouraged the Icelandic humans through the country’s lengthy background of hardships and as much as its extra prosperous current. This quantity extends wisdom of Icelandic literature outdoor the rustic and encourages its inclusion in comparative experiences of literatures throughout nationwide and linguistic obstacles. (20071001)

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S. Eliot apply: ‘‘Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood’’ (Selected Essays, 200). The sound and fury of battle poetry, for instance, must have got through to the audience even when not every detail was immediately put in its right place for the decoding of the message. Skaldic poetry is made di≈cult by a special use of language, and one must assume that one of its pleasures for its audience was the satisfaction of cracking the code, even the feeling that one belonged to an exclusive group with access to sacred and secret messages.

Scholars agree that, while ‘‘Ragnarsdrápa’’ is most likely very old, it is doubtful that the Ragnar addressed there is, in fact, Ragnar Lo®brók. Several other early Danish or Swedish kings, along with their skalds, are mentioned in Skáldatal, but no other poetry has been preserved that praises either Danish or Swedish kings before the Golden Age of Icelandic court poetry, about ad 1000. There is much stronger evidence for the practice of praise poetry in the skaldic style at the courts of Norwegian kings from the time of Haraldur Fairhair on.

The vulgarity of a flyting scene between a warrior and a giantess seems inconsistent with the rest of the poem. ‘‘Helga kvi®a Hundingsbana’’ II is the most uneven of the Helgi lays, but it contains some of the most memorable stanzas and scenes in Eddic poetry. Before he can marry his beloved Sigrún, Helgi must fight her family and ends up killing her father and all but one of her brothers. Sigrún persists in her love for Helgi in spite of this, and she fiercely curses her surviving brother after he kills Helgi in revenge.

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