Some of Sweden's most famous poets, including Esaias Tegner (1782-1846), Erik Johan Stagnelius (1793-1823), Verner von Heidenstam (1859-1940), Gustaf Froding
(1860-1911) and Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864-1931) emerged during this period.
This essay however, is an attempt so mediate some of its charms, mainly focusing on five great Swedish poets from the 19th century--Esaias Tegner, Erik Johan Stagnelius, Gustaf Froding
, Verner von Heidenstam and Erik Axel Karlfeldt.
An example of her citational virtuosity, from the section on ennui, will serve as an example of how widely and quickly she can range: Thomas Mann, Kierkegaard, Par Lagerkvist, the great Finland-Swedish columnist Guss Mattsson, Edward Hoagland, Freud (to Lou Andreas-Salome), Arvid Jarnefelt, Charles Darwin, Pascal (a trio paraphrased, not directly quoted), Gustaf Froding
, Mattsson and Lagerkvist again, Virginia Woolf, the Swedish poet and essayist Carl-Erik af Geijerstam, the psychiatrists Johan Cullberg and Anne Wilson Schaef, Mazzarella's compatriot Solveig von Schoultz, the literary scholar Martha C.