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How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
The Beowulf Poet.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Charles Atkinson. Corey Marks. Franz Wright. Galway Kinnell. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jean Vengua. J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka).
Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Louise Glück. Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
On the Skalds
by J. Zimmerman
The Skalds by Lee M. Hollander.
Structure of the skalds.
The skalds: an annotated list.
Kings and others contemporary with the skalds. Links. Books.
They began in the early ninth century in Norway. The Icelandic skalds became dominant at the end of the tenth century and developed a strong tradition into the fourteenth century. Icelanders continue to create and admire skaldic verse today.
We know of the earlier poets primarily through the quotations of their work by Snorri.
However, Snorri Sturluson appears to have been a nasty man:
"He married twice - both times into great wealth. And this he increased still further by unscrupulous methods; ... his life was anything but exemplary, and his death by murder, in 1241, but the fitting end of a career of duplicity and tortuous politics. His fame rests on his literary genius, all in all the greatest of ancient Scandinavia." [Hollander].
The forms of skaldic verse varied, as the hundreds of Skalds vied to outdo each other, between political factions, within political factions, and with the prominent skalds of the past.
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