Ekelf, Gunnar

Ekelf, Gunnar gnr ?k?lf [key], 1907?68, Swedish poet. Ekelf's lifelong interest in mysticism was evident in his first book, Late Arrival on Earth (1932, tr. 1967), a collection of surrealist poems. Later works, such as Ferry Song (1941), involved the conflict between mystical experience and reason. In A Mlna Elegy (1960, tr. 1979) and later in Diwan over the Prince of Emigin (1965) and The Tale of Fatumeh (1966), Ekelf explored the subjective experience of time. In the 1940s and 50s he experimented with the application of musical forms to verse. His work is admired for its diversity and seriousness; its influence on Swedish poetry has been great.

See study by L. Sjberg (1973).

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