Lausavísa

The lausavísa is a form of poetry typical of Norse and Icelandic skalds. It was a single, eight-line stanza of impromptu dróttkvætt, which is more or less a trochaic trimeter with specific internal rhymes, alliteration, and assonance in the odd- and even-numbered lines. The use of kennings, compound expressions with metaphorical meanings, is common.

A Lausavísa

Lausavísa-learned
Liked their lines more lilting.
(Lines like mine are limping.)
Let your hearing harken!
Here impromptu poems
Praised in single stanzas
Someone skillful skalds were
Sought to honor hosts with.


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