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What the fuck? "His mystical lyrics, entitled Liljor i Saron ( Lilies in Sharon ; 1820), and his sonnets, which are best read in Swedish, may be recommended as among the most delicate products of the Scandinavian mind." Recommended by who? Why? Jesus... "Among the most delicate products of the Scandinavian mind?" Err.. What the fuck?
As peculiar as the passages sound, they actually come from the renowned EB 1911. The passage in full reads:
"Second only to Tegner in genius, the brief life and mysterious death of Erik Johan Stagnelius (1793-1823) have given a romantic interest to all that is connected with his name. His first publication was the epic of Vladimir the Great (1817); to this succeeded the romantic poem Blanda. His singular dramas, The Bacchantes (1822), Sigurd Ring, which was posthumous, and The Martyrs (1821), are esteemed by many critics to be his most original productions. His mystical lyrics, entitled Liljor i Saron (" Lilies in Sharon "; 1820), and his sonnets, which are the best in Swedish, may be recommended as among the most delicate products of the Scandinavian mind. Stagnelius has been compared, and not improperly, to Shelley.' Erik Sjoberg, who called himself " Vitalis " (1794-1828), was another gifted poet whose career was short and wretched. A volume of his poems appeared in 1820; they are few in number and all brief. His work divides itself into two classes - the one profoundly melancholy, the other witty or boisterous. Two humorous poets of the same period who deserve mention are Johan Anders Wadman (1777-1837), an improvisatore of the same class as Bellman, and Christian Erik Fahlcrantz (q.v.; 1790-1866)." (http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Sweden , in the section on Literature)
This article needs a makeover. "Swedish Shelley" sounds fusty and is not really that to the point, except both died young, were prodigies and verse virtuosos and interested in neo-platonic philosophy, but among Swedish poets of his age, this is definitely the one who's had the strongest influence on 20th century Swedish poetry and who is most widely read today.Strausszek (talk) 19:21, 21 April 2009 (UTC)