Comparison Of Norse Poetry And Norse Praise Poetry

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Praise poetry can tell us a lot about the relationship between poet and patron back in the medieval era. In Celtic society patron and poet lived in a symbiotic relationship and both needed each other to validate themselves. The patron needed the poet to sing his praises and add to his good reputation so his tribe could see him as a worthy leader. The poet needed the prince’s rewards of gold, land and prestige for this service. As long as the poet continued to do a good job and show the tribe of the prince’s worthiness, the tribe would remain united and prosper under his leadership. The poet used a selection of techniques, one of these being the panegyric code to portray these praises to his tribe so they would see him as their ideal and loyal leader. There were many types of praise poetry, two of these being Gaelic praise poetry and Norse praise poetry. They both followed similar guidelines and structures however the qualities of the patron/prince being praised differs between the two. Gaelic praise poets preferred to shed light on the patron’s physique, hunting and fighting skills, youthfulness, his wife and company he kept and as well as this it was important to Gaelic tribes that their leader was hospitable and intellectual. Norse poetry and its praises differed in the sense that it was a lot more focused on the patron’s fighting skills. The poet drew attention to the patron’s ability to slaughter all his enemies and his superior fighting skills. This type of praise

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