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Old Norse Skaldic Meters, the Kviotattr

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Nordic Poetry

A Kviohattr, a Skaldic meter's defining features are:

  1. accentual verse, composed with 4 stresses in a line.
  2. written in a line of verse of 7 syllables, most commonly divided in half by 3 syllables and 4 syllables. There should be 2 stresses in each half. Most commonly SuS * uSuS or it can be uSS * SuuS
  3. often alliterated. Alliteration emphasizes stress.
  4. composed with any number of lines in a stanza, at the poet's discretion.

    Winter Rain by Judi Van Gorder

    Driving wind bends tall tree tops,
    catching rain from cloudburst flow,
    drenched and spent, their limbs hang low.

    Down it comes, in pregnant drops,
    splash the tears of gathered pain.
    Winter's wail reclaims domain.

Links to other Skaldic meters

Old Norse Skaldic Meters

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