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Flyting (Literary Definition)

Flyting Facts:
  • Flyting is a slanging match in verse, typically between 2 poets.
  • The term "flyt" is Scottish for “quarreling,” or “contention.”
  • After the Middle Ages, flyting became obsolete in Scottish literature.
Flyting Example:
  • Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie (early 16th-century) - contest between poets Walter Kennedy & William Dunbar.



Scene from John Vanbrugh's The Relapse (1696) - Fashion and Foppington quarrel (3.1)


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Tags: Flyting - Literary Definition - Poet - Scottish - Scottish Literature - Slanging Match - Verse - Walter Kennedy - William Dunbar
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