Non Serviam (poetry collection)

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Non Serviam
Non serviam.jpg
First edition
Author Gunnar Ekelöf
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Publisher A. Bonnier
Pages 98

Non Serviam is a 1945 poetry collection by the Swedish writer Gunnar Ekelöf. The title comes from the Christian phrase "Non serviam", which is Latin for "I will not serve" and is attributed to Lucifer. In the poems Ekelöf criticises the contemporary political climate of Sweden; in the titular poem he describes himself as "a stranger in this land", and in the satirical poem "Till de folkhemske" he attacks the Folkhemmet concept.[1]

Non Serviam includes three of Ekelöf's greatest poems: Samothrace, Gymnosofisten (the Gymnosophist) and Absentia animi.

A sculpture by Ernst Nordin, with the name Non Serviam, stands at Malmskillnadsgatan 25 in Stockholm since 1980, and features the first four lines of Ekelöf's poem.[2]


  1. ^ Andersson, David (2007). "Motståndsmannen Gunnar Ekelöf" (PDF). Neo. Stockholm: Neo samhällsmagasin, webb och idégalleri. 2 (4): 68–71. ISSN 1653-378X. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Non Serviam". Stockholm Municipality. Retrieved 2011-10-22.