Aasmund Olafsson Vinje

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Vinje, Aasmund Olafsson


Born Apr. 6, 1818, in Vinje (Telemark); died July 30, 1870, in Gran (Hadeland). Norwegian poet and journalist.

After the Revolution of 1848, Vinje joined the workers’ movement. From 1858 he published a journal entitled Dtflen in Landsmal, in which questions of philosophy, literature, politics, and economics were treated from democratic points of view. In his book Reminiscences of a Trip Taken During the Summer of 1860 (1861), Vinje alternated lyrical meditations with realistic scenes from rural life. His romantic narrative poem The Big Fellow (1866) was inspired by folk poetry. Vinje is the author of the antigovernment verse “My Desk” (1870). Many poems by Vinje have been set to music by E. Grieg, E. Alnaes, and others.


Diktsamling. Copenhagen, 1864.
Lyriske dikt. Oslo, 1910.


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