The Drottkvaet or Old Court Skaldic meter is one of the earliest of the Skaldic stanzaic forms. The ancient poems in this stanzaic form were full of kenning to the point of sometimes being a riddle. The two word metaphoric descriptions which dominated the poems were often so loosely connected to the meaning that it obscured understanding.

The Drottkvaet is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains. The quatrains often appear as octaves because the lines are Germanic “long lines” which break in half, the half line will often be separated into a 2nd line.
• accentual, lines of 12 syllables each, broken into two halves of 6 syllables each. Each half line has 3 stressed and 3 unstressed syllables, the last two syllable of the half line must be a trochee (Su).
• rhymed, rhyme scheme aBaB a being near rhymed by assonance, B being true rhyme.
• linked as couplets by assonance.
• odd lines should have double alliteration.

Mind Melt by Judi Van Gorder

Wishing to write in sync with old Nordic climate,
breaking a bigger line, into just two tortured 
halves. Hawking trochaic meter, mental, I’m at
my wits end. Wiley words don’t dance in an orchard.

Kenning clings to mind, making mystery with nonsense,
sea birds fly overhead, smoke in the sky trailing.
Most difficult to accomplish is assonance
rhyme. My brain melts down and I find myself failing.
Links to other Skaldic meters

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

Kenning: A metaphor using 2 substitute nouns. Buried diodes = brain synapse, liquid embers = synaptic activity.

My example

Poetic Stretching (Drottkvaet)

Minding measured metric feet invokes a testing,
stressing buried diodes, sparking liquid embers.
Assonance demands much more when it’s requested
Real rhymes rise rapidly.  Those my brain remembers.

Digging deeper does delay retrieval, granted;
but the buried seed will blossom in my kettle
Maybe not right now, but someday after planting
practice such as this perhaps will boost my mettle.

© Lawrencealot – November 27, 2014

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The Awit is a Filipino poetry form explained below by Judi Van Gorder
On her wonderful PMO resource site:
  • Awit literally means song. This stanzaic form seems very similar to the Tanaga. It is unique in that a stanza should be one complete, grammatically correct, sentence.The Awit is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains. (4 line multiples)
    • a narrative, it tells a story.
    • dodecasyllabic, 12 syllables per line, there is usually a pause after the 6th syllable.
    • rhymed, each stanza mono-rhymed aaaa bbbb cccc etc.
    • composed with each stanza representing a complete, grammatically correct, sentence.
    • composed liberally using various figures of speech.
    • written anonymously.
My example of a single stanza poem
The Climb     (Awit)
I started up the hills, intending on that day
to climb like deer to plateaus where the rocks gave way
to grasses lush and green, above where wild hawks play,
and ended up on top – above all human fray.
©  March 3, 2014


Pendrangle  is a form created by Penelope Allen aka  PenAllen on Allpoetry.
Stanzaic: Two or more of quatrain couplet pairs
Refrain:  The couplet is a refrain repeated throughout
Isosyllabic:  Hexameter (12 syllable lines)
Rhymed-   mono-rhyme throughout: aaaa BB cccc BB…
Example Poem
Objects of Art     (Pendrangle)
I’m fortunate residing in this time and place
for daily, if I wish I can watch horses race
across the plain or stand and graze with calming grace.
They’ve never pulled a load nor had to wear a trace.
Ascendancy of man, remarkable of course
was aided by domestication of the horse.
The spirit of the horse is recognized in art
in each and every age in which he’s played apart.
They’ve pulled our carriage our cannon and our cart.
They’ve captured man’s respect, and many young boy’s heart.
Ascendancy of man remarkable, of course
was aided by domestication of the horse.
In Nevada, they are allowed now to roam
protected in some areas once their natural home
where grasses, junipers, and sage have always grown.
And though they’re dancing free we feel that they’re our own.
Ascendancy of man remarkable, of course
was aided by domestication of the horse.
The V&T railroad now crosses their terrain
with stops to watch their beauty up above the plain.
They’re one delight of many, one sees from the train.
The horses drew me there, and I’  go back again.
Ascendancy of man remarkable, of course
was aided by domestication of the horse.
© Lawrencealot – January 1, 2014
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