Swedish Modernist poetry

Swedish Modernist Poetry

Swedish Modernist poetry

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Swedish modernist poetry denotes modernist poetry of Swedish literature. It developed in the 1930s and 40's. Distinguishing features was the lust to experiment, and to try a variety of styles, usually free prose without rhymes or metric syllables.

The lead figure of the modernists soon turned out to be Hjalmar Gullberg (1898–1961). He wrote many mystical and Christianity influenced collections, such as Andliga övningar (Spiritual Exercises, 1932), but continued to develop and published his greatest work, Ögon, läppar (Eyes, Lips), in 1959.

Other important modernistic poets were Artur Lundkvist (1906–1991), Gunnar Ekelöf (1907–1968), Edith Södergran (1892–1923) and Harry Martinson (1904–1978).

Gunnar Ekelöf has become described as Sweden's first surrealistic poet, after he debuted with the poetry collection sent på jorden in 1932, a work was too unconventional to become appreciated.Lundkvist, Martinsson, Ekelöf, by Espmark & Olsson, in Delblanc, Lönnroth, Göransson, vol 3 But Ekelöf moved towards romanticism and got betters reviews for his second poetry collection Dedikationen in 1934. A work that became influential for later Swedish poets was his Färjesång in 1941, a finely expressed blend of romanticism, surrealism and the dark clouds of the ongoing war.

Edith Södergran did not achieve fame during her lifetime, but is today regarded as one...
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