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On Mead and Poetry

Bolverk travelled in eagle's shape
Gunnlod once won, the mead he'd take
to Asgard, poets' gift to bear;
but sent some 'out backwards' - the rhymester's share.

Now rhymes do not a poem make
though for this verse end rhymes I'll wake:
meaning and flow the sense requires
before to 'poetry' verse aspires,
scansion and metre lines demand
- let Oski guide the poet's hand.

© Jenny Blain 2004

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Image: Illustration in the manuscript "Saemundar og Snorra Edda" by Olafur Brynjúlfsson (1760), Royal Library of Copenhagen.

 

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