Juhani Siljo

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Juhani Siljo
Born (1888-05-03)3 May 1888
Oulu, Finland
Died 6 May 1918(1918-05-06) (aged 30)
Tampere, Finland

Juhani Siljo (3 May 1888 – 6 May 1918) was a Finnish poet and translator.

Siljo was born as Johan Alarik Sjögren in Oulu.[1] He completed the Oulun Lyseon Lukio upper secondary school in 1907,[2] and started studies in the University of Helsinki at the same year, but never graduated, instead he focused on writing.[1] He wrote poems, essays and translated authors like Novalis, Friedrich Schiller, Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche and Charles Baudelaire.[1]

Siljo also worked as an editor in the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the periodical Valvoja. From 1915 to 1916 he worked as a library assistant in Jyväskylä.[1]

Siljo was on the side of the White Guards in the Finnish Civil War. He was wounded and captured by the Red Guards in a battle in Orivesi. He died in a military hospital in Tampere after the Battle of Tampere had ended in the victory of the Whites.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  • Runoja (WSOY 1910)
  • Maan puoleen (1914)
  • Selvään veteen (Otava 1919)


  • Rajankäyntejä : Esseitä kirjallisuudesta 1910-1917 (Essays on literature) (Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura 1991)
  • Seppelöity : murheellinen komedia (Play) (WSOY 1918)


  1. ^ a b c d e Liukkonen, Petri. "Juhani Siljo". Books and Writers (kirjasto.sci.fi). Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Juhani Siljo". Pakkala - kirjailijatietokanta. Oulu City Library. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 

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