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Famous Skald Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Skald poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous skald poems. These examples illustrate what a famous skald poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Came a dull voice of woe 15 
From the heart's chamber. 

"I was a Viking old! 
My deeds, though manifold, 
No Skald in song has told, 
No Saga taught thee! 20 
Take heed, that in thy verse 
Thou dost the tale rehearse, 
Else dread a dead man's curse; 
For this I sought thee. 

"Far in the Northern Land, 25 
By the wild Baltic's strand, 
I, with my childish hand, 
Tamed the gerfalcon; 
And, with my skates fast-bound, 
Skimmed the half-frozen Sound, 30...Read More

by Harrison, Tony
3 boys in Leeds strip la-la Lohengrin. 
I hear them as I go through growing gloom
still years away from being skald or skin.

The ground's carpeted with petals as I throw
the aerosol, the HARP can, the cleared weeds
on top of dad's dead daffodils, then go,
with not one glance behind, away from Leeds.

The bus to the station's still the No. 1
but goes by routes that I don't recognise.
I look out for known landmarks as the sun
reddens the swabs of clou...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...the Alb, and the Saxon;
With antique maritime ventures,—with laws, artizanship, wars and journeys; 
With the poet, the skald, the saga, the myth, and the oracle; 
With the sale of slaves—with enthusiasts—with the troubadour, the crusader, and
With those old continents whence we have come to this new continent; 
With the fading kingdoms and kings over there;
With the fading religions and priests; 
With the small shores we look back to from our own large and prese...Read More

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