Georg Stiernhielm

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Stiernhielm, Georg


Born Aug. 7, 1598, in Svartskär, Da-lama; died Apr. 22, 1672, in Stockholm. Swedish poet; scholar of encyclopedic scope.

Stiernhielm studied in Germany and Holland. In the allegorical-didactic narrative poem Hercules (1648, published 1658) he affirmed the ideas of Renaissance humanism and moral stoicism. Stiernhielm was the first in Swedish literature to use classical and Renaissance plots; he introduced accentual versification, the hexameter line, the alexandrine, the sonnet, and other verse forms and meters into Swedish poetry. Stiernhielm was the compiler of an unfinished dictionary entitled Treasury of the Language of the Svear and Götar (1643).


Samlade skrifter [parts 1–3]. Stockholm, 1924[-57],
In Russian translation:
“Gerkules (fragmenty).” In Evropeiskaia poeziia XVII veka. Moscow, 1977.


Wieselgren, P. Georg Stiernhielm. Stockholm, 1948.
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The first printed sonnet in Swedish was written by the great initiator of Swedish literature, Georg Stiernhielm. Originally inspired by emblems by Camerarius and Cats, he represented himself in 1644 imaginatively as a silkworm in the fourteen-line "Emblema authoris." Through hard work the author (like the silkworm) creates a treasure out of leaves; the worm (like the author) dies as a result of its constant toil, but is reborn with wings by revitalizing forces.
Georg Stiernhielm svingade penman, skrev "Silkesmasken"
Georg Stiernhielm brandished his pencil, wrote "The Silkworm"