But one person who was most impressed was Verner von Heidenstam
, a poet senior to Tagore, renowned in Sweden and later awarded the Nobel in 1916.
5 million people, Sweden has produced many internationally acclaimed authors, no fewer than eight of whom have won the Nobel Prize in Literature; Selma Lagerlof (1909), Verner von Heidenstam (1916), Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1931), Par Lagerkvist (1951), Nelly Sachs (1966; shared), Eyvind Johnson (1974; shared), Harry Martinson (1974; shared) and most recently, Tomas Transtromer (2011).
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.
Wastberg also includes five additional eulogies to other authors he admires: Verner von Heidenstam
, Artur Lundkvist, Gosta Gustaf-Janson, Bengt Soderbergh, and Carl Fredrik Reutersward.
Heidenstam, Verner vonin full Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam (b.
His efforts toward the realization of a new Swedish literature include two volumes of poems: Dikter (1895; "Poems") and his last volume, Nya dikter (1915; "New Poems"), many of which are translated in Sweden's Laureate: Selected Poems of Verner von Heidenstam (1919).
The recipients have been: 1901, Rene Francois Armand Sully Prudhomme (Fr); 1902, Theodor Mommsen (Ger); 1903, Bj ornstjerne Bjornson (Norw); 1904, Frederic Mistral (Fr) and Jose Echegaray (Sp); 1905, Henryk Sienkiewicz (Pol); 1906, Giosue Carducci (Ital); 1907, Rudyard Kipling (Eng); 1908, Rudolf Eucken (Ger) 1909, Selma Lagerlof (Sw); 1910, Paul von Heyse (Ger); 1911, Maurice Maeterlinck (Belg); 1912, Gerhart Hauptmann (Ger); 1913, Rabindranath Tagore (India); 1914, none; 1915, Romain Rolland (Fr); 1916, Verner von Heidenstam
(Sw); 1917, Karl A.
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.