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F is for FLYTING (ancient and modern)

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Flyting is an abusive slanging match in verse, usually between two poets, usually between two Scottish poets. Although the language was violent, there was also a grudging professional respect.

English: Robert Burns Source: Image:Robert bur...

Robert Burns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

True flyting was obsolete by the 16th century, but the traditional form didn’t die out and Robbie Burns poem To a Louse is an example

Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner
Detested, shunn’d by saunt an’ sinner

I’m no expert but could Gangsta Rap be the 21st century equivalent?

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2 comments on “F is for FLYTING (ancient and modern)

  1. Ha ha! That’s exactly what I was thinking. Rappers and poets have been having word wars for years.
    Great post! 🙂
    Just Ermie &
    Short Story Ideas

  2. bridget whelan
    April 6, 2013

    Thanks – Gangsta Rap in a Scottish accent would be really cool!

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