Jørgensen, Jens Johannes

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Jørgensen, Jens Johannes

(yĕns yōhä`nəs yör`gənsən), 1866–1956, Danish poet and religious writer. He reacted against the naturalismnaturalism,
in philosophy, a position that attempts to explain all phenomena and account for all values by means of strictly natural (as opposed to supernatural) categories. The particular meaning of naturalism varies with what is opposed to it.
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, 1842–1927, Danish literary critic. His influence brought the wide currents of contemporary European thought to Danish and other Scandinavian literatures.
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 and, in such works as Poems (1898), turned to symbolism and emotion. Jørgensen's conversion (1896) to Roman Catholicism is described in his autobiography (7 vol., 1916–28; tr., 2 vol., 1928–29). Among his works are Saint Francis of Assisi (1907, tr. 1912) and Saint Catherine of Siena (1915, tr. 1938). Flowers and Fruit (1907) and The Brig Marie of Svendborg (1926) are collections of his poems.