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Finland-Swedish modernism was introduced by Edith Södergran
(1892-1923). She didn't receive much recognition in her lifetime, but
is now regarded one of Finland's foremost poets. She was first
influenced by French symbolism, then German expressionism and Russian
futurism, and creatively applied these to her own poetry. Her free
rhythm, strong, challenging images fired by a Nietzschean
self-conscience and conviction of the importance of her message were
new and baffling to the Finnish audience, and she was almost without
exception misunderstood and even ridiculed. Her first collection of
poems was Dikter (Poems, 1916), which was followed by
Rosenaltaret (The Rose Altar, 1919) and Landet som icke
är (The land that is not, 1925) among others. Always physically
weak and somewhat sickly, she died young just as she was starting to
get followers. Among these the most important were Elmer Diktonius (1896-1961), Gunnar Björling (1887-1960) and Rabbe Enckell (1903-74).
(From the Nordic FAQ)
There is a bilingual (Swedish-English) edition with English translations by Stina Katchadourian, Love and Solitude. Selected Poems 1916-1923, San Francisco : Fjord Press, 1981; 3rd ed., Seattle, Washington : Fjord Press, 1992.
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