Undína (Helga S. Baldvinsdóttir)

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Helga Steinvör Baldvinsdóttir (1858–1941), who wrote under the pseudonym Undína, was one of the leading pioneer poets among Icelandic immigrants to North America. Her poetry manifests a life-long attachment to and engagement with the language, culture, and heritage of her land of birth. Still, her poetics of migration and exile is also brimming with universal and extraterritorial elements, and her perception of emigration, which results in an equivocal sense of being and place, can be said to herald, in part, the poetics of better-known emigrants in world literature, including figures like W. G. Sebald (1944–2001).

Born on 3 December 1858 on the farm Litla-Ásgeirsá in Víðidalur, North Iceland, Helga’s parents were Baldvin Helgason (1826–1905) and Soffía Jósafatsdóttir

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Citation: Bjarnadóttir, Birna. "Undína (Helga S. Baldvinsdóttir)". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 May 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14863, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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