Erik Axel Karlfeldt


Erik Axel Karlfeldt
(1864-1931)



Swedish poet whose essentially regional, tradition-bound poetry was extremely popular and won him the Nobel Prize for Literature posthumously in 1931; he had refused it in 1918.
Karlfeldt's strong ties to the peasant culture of his rural homeland remained a dominant influence on him all his life. He published his most important works in six volumes of verse: Vildmarks-och karleksvisor (1895; "Songs of Wilderness and of Love"), Fridolins visor (1898; "Fridolin's Songs"), Fridolins lustgard (1901; "Fridolin's Pleasure Garden"), Flora och Pomona (1906), Flora och Bellona (1918), and finally, four years before his death, Hosthorn (1927; "The Horn of Autumn"). Some of his poems have been published in English translation in Arcadia Borealis: Selected Poems of Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1938). In time, even some of his admirers criticized him for employing his gifts so exclusively in the service of a dying local culture.

 

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