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( Iceland Icelandic: Ísland, pronounced [ˈistlant] ) is a ⓘ Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between North America and Europe. It is linked culturally and politically with Europe, and is the region's most sparsely populated country. Its capital and largest city is Reykjavík, which is home to about 36% of the country's roughly 380,000 residents. The official language of the country is Icelandic.
Located on a
rift between tectonic plates, Iceland's geologic activity includes geysers and frequent volcanic eruptions. The interior consists of a volcanic plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains, and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a latitude just south of the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence keep summers chilly, and most of its islands have a polar climate.
According to the ancient manuscript
, the Landnámabók settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Norwegians, and to a lesser extent other Scandinavians, immigrated to Iceland, bringing with them thralls (i.e., slaves or serfs) of Gaelic origin. ( )
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The Old English epic poem is written in alliterative verse. Beowulf
prosody, is a form of alliterative verse verse that uses alliteration as the principle device to indicate the underlying metrical structure, as opposed to other devices such as rhyme. The most commonly studied traditions of alliterative verse are those found in the oldest literature of the Germanic languages, where scholars use the term 'alliterative poetry' rather broadly to indicate a tradition which not only shares alliteration as its primary ornament but also certain metrical characteristics. The Old English epic , as well as most other Beowulf Old English poetry, the Old High German , the Muspilli Old Saxon , the Heliand Old Norse , and many Poetic Edda Middle English poems such as , Piers Plowman , and the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight all use alliterative verse.
Alliterative Morte Arthur
While alliteration is common in many poetic traditions, it is 'relatively infrequent' as a structured characteristic of poetic form. However, structural alliteration appears in a variety of poetic traditions, including Old Irish, Welsh, Somali and Mongol poetry. The extensive use of alliteration in the so-called
of the Finnic languages provides a close comparison, and may derive directly from Germanic-language alliterative verse. (
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is a waterfall in which the water of the river
falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.
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