Edith Södergran was a pioneering poet who introduced modernism into Finland's literary landscape, substantially impacting the literature of the remaining Nordic countries. Edith Södergran has since been regarded as one Swedish language's most beloved poets. Although influenced by German expressionism, Russian futurism and French symbolism, Södergran's poetry abandoned traditional rhythm and rhyme in favor of a less restricted structure and scheme. In addition to her innovative imagery, the Finland-Swedish poet's Swedish was stylistically and syntactically unique, initiating critical and literary responses that resulted in a new wave of Finland-Swedish modernism. Major themes of nature, love, sexuality, alienation and death dominate …

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Mier-Cruz, Benjamin. "Edith Södergran". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2009
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