Gustaf Fröding

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Fröding, Gustaf


Born Aug. 22, 1860, in Alster, near Karlstad, Värmland; died Feb. 8, 1911, in Gröndal, Stockholm. Swedish poet and publicist.

Fröding studied at the University of Uppsala. In his collections Guitar and Concertina (1891) and New Poems (1894), folklore motifs and realistic portrayals of peasant life occupy an important place. Mystical motifs and a tragic perception of the world typify such collections as Splashes and Rags (1896). Fröding’s poetry, which is linked to neoromanticism, greatly influenced 20th-century Swedish poetry. In the critical essays “Naturalism and Romanticism” and “On Humor” Fröding rejected naturalism.


Samlade skrifter, vols. 1–16. Stockholm, 1922–25.
In Russian translation:
Stikhotvoreniia. Moscow, 1968.


Brandes, G. Sobr. soch., 2nd ed., vol. 2, part 2. St. Petersburg [1906]. (Translated from Danish.)
Olsson, H. Fröding. Stockholm, 1967.
Landquist, J. Gustaf Fröding. Stockholm, 1964.
Brandeil, G. Gustaf Fröding. Stockholm, 1957.
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But from her and also from his father, Froding also inherited a melancholy temper, which led to periods of depression, even psychic disorder.
Froding always had an eye for the weak and gentle, people that arevery sensitive and easily hurt, people that are: exploited by the mighty he wrote poems about poor, suppressed people, about men being sweated in the foundry, about young women being victims to prejudice and envy in the poem, "Sigh, sigh, willows
But Karlfeldt, stemming from these strong-willed and self-confident Dalecarlian peasants, also conceived of himself, like Froding, as a stranger in life, an outcast even.