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Poetic Edda Lays of the Gods [Kindle Edition]

Snorri Sturluson , Carl Campbell , Henry Adams Bellows
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To continue the preservation of the four- four measure of the poetry, I relocated the authors notes to the end of each chapter. Carl Campbell Editor

Although Bellows uses an archaic translation of proper names ,his translation preserves the 4-4 measure of the ancient poetry. The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius. Along with Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends, and from the early 19th century onwards has had a powerful influence on later Scandinavian literatures, not merely through the stories it contains but through the visionary force and dramatic quality of many of the poems. It has also become an inspiring model for many later innovations in poetic meter, particularly in the Nordic languages, offering many varied examples of terse, stress-based metrical schemes working without any final rhyme, and instead using allitterative devices and strongly concentrated imagery. Poets who have acknowledged their debt to the Poetic Edda include Vilhelm Ekelund, August Strindberg, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ezra Pound and Karin Boye.Codex Regius was written in the 13th century but nothing is known of its whereabouts until 1643 when it came into the possession of Brynjlfur Sveinsson, then Bishop of Sklholt. At that time versions of the Prose Edda were well known in Iceland but scholars speculated that there once was another Eddaan Elder Eddawhich contained the pagan poems which Snorri quotes in his Prose Edda. When Codex Regius was discovered, it seemed that this speculation had proven correct. Brynjlfur attributed the manuscript to Smundr the Learned, a larger-than-life 12th century Icelandic priest. While this attribution is rejected by modern scholars, the name Smundar Edda is still sometimes encountered. Translated by Henry Addams Bellows.

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  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Idunnas Press; 2 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Since Henry Adams Bellows' translation of the Poetic Edda is in the public domain, there are numerous versions of it available on Amazon. I tried a bunch of them on my Kindle, and have decided that this one is the best. Editor Carl Campbell has conveniently located all the footnotes to the end of each chapter, and then provides a link on each verse number to whisk you instantly to the footnote text. With a click of the back-arrow you are back to the poem. This is *so* much easier than paging back-and-forth between poem and footnotes. And if you don't want the distraction, you can just read the poem without bothersome footnotes to skip over.

Keep in mind that this volume only includes the Mythological Poems (vol 1 of Bellows' work) -- you can find Campbell's companion volume for the Hero Poems at
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and great poetry January 19, 2013
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I found this to be a very interesting book. For the price it can't be beat if you are interested in poetry or early literature.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay. November 30, 2012
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Verses were hard to make out on some pages. The styling was alright. Simple book, but for a dollar, what could I ask for.
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