Poet Louise Glück, Nobel Prize winner in Literature in 2020, dies | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.


The Nobel award selected Glück as an “infallible poetic voice” who with “austere beauty makes individual existence something universal”

Poet Louise Glück at a ceremony to award her the National Humanities Medal in the East Room of the White House in Washington on September 22, 2016.
Poet Louise Glück at a ceremony to award her the National Humanities Medal in the East Room of the White House in Washington on September 22, 2016.Susan WalshAP
  • Nobel Prize in Literature American poet Louise Glück wins the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Literature Louise Glück’s response to the Nobel Prize: “I really need to have a coffee now”

We are, every one in every of us, / the one who awakens first, / who strikes and sees, there in the primary daybreak, / the stranger.

Louise Gluck, the American poet who wrote the earlier verses in 2006 and who obtained the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, has died on the age of 80, when her discovery for most people of literature was nonetheless younger. This similar yr, the American author’s essays appeared for the primary time in Spain (Complete essaysEditorial Visor) as an instruction guide for the work of one of many least recognized Nobel Prize winners of latest instances. The first poet for the reason that yr of the Polish Wislawa Szymborska (1996).

«The core of this work [es] poetry as an train in self-analysis and transformation of the self; “poetry as a journey,” wrote Jordi Doce in his evaluate of these essays for EL MUNDO. The first half of the thesis of that evaluate acknowledged that Glück’s poetic work needed to be understood as a form of very extreme, “almost punitive” exploration into one’s personal life. The different a part of the criticism went past the technique and centered on the instrument, on a singular voice, completely different from some other, keen to phrasing greater than to the fetishism of the pictureas happens in different poets of his era.

How to outline the attraction of a poetic voice with out falling into clichés? The reply could lie in ambiguity: Glück’s poetry sounds chilly and mental, It is filled with ghostly figures and winter landscapes, however he’s able to delighting in the life and delicacy of flowers just like the troubadours of the Middle Ages. Haughty and pleading, intimate and self-absorbed, weak and self-sufficient, colloquial and professorial… Any pair of reverse extremes might be utilized to the literature of Louise Glück… Storyteller and impressionist.

He was two individuals. / It was the physique and the voice, the pure magnetism / of a residing man, after which / the dream or the picture that unfolds / and shapes the girl who works the loom, / sitting there, in a room full / of males with out creativeness .

Louise Glück’s basic piece, the one which readers who found her for the Nobel Prize will most simply acknowledge, is a protracted poetic textual content, of 5, six and even eight pages, which It is sort of a symphony and goes via a number of actions till constructing a recognizable melody. In Avernus, the theme was the parable of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld who guided the poet/self-narrator on her journey to solitude. In The wild iris There was additionally a god and subsequent to him some flowers and a gardener who narrated to the poet, as in the event that they have been a sardonic Greek refrain. In A village life New characters appeared, virtually banal peasants who, with the cycles of their duties, dialogued in their very own approach with the chic. AND At the dying of Achillesthe mythological theme reappeared as a mirror of the human:

In his tent, Achilles / wept for him with all his being, / and the gods noticed / that he was already a lifeless man, sufferer / of the half he beloved, / of the mortal half.

Where did such a poet come from? The temptation, all the time, is to suit an writer’s work into the story of his era, however the determine of Glück, radically solitary, resisted common concepts. Yes: the author was born in 1943, in New York, right into a middle-class Jewish household, 20 years later than the beatnik writers and summary expressionist artists, and she or he may very well be outlined by opposition as a extra mental determine, extra keen to irony. But greater than the generational cause, the psychoanalytic self-narrative weighs on Glück. The American poet suffered a early anorexia nervosa which, as he defined in his essays, needed to do together with his have to distance himself from his mom and specific his grief for the dying of one in every of his sisters.

The first third of Glück’s life at the moment looks as if a romantic fantasy taken from a portray from 1790. He entered remedy as a youngster and his dedication was so intense that he gave up college to proceed on the sofa. She started writing poetry as an extension of that obsession, first as an admirer of Sylvia Plath after which, little by little, as an more and more distinctive writer. She was in a position to get her life again on monitor, normalize it to a sure extent. She obtained married, had kids, regularized her schooling and took a job as a college literature professor. For the remainder of her life, Glück’s poetry has been learn in half as a piece of essay and poetic criticism, parallel to that educating occupation.

The world modified however Glück adopted his personal path. He had instances of silence and effervescence, he went via divorces, fires and a few financial hardships and he wrote about all these experiences. In Meadowlands handled heartbreak like a collage made with vulgar and elegant photos, stuffed with animals, herbs, gods and mutually detached lovers.

Does it matter the place the birds go? Does it matter / what species they’re? / They go away right here, that is what it is all about, / first their our bodies, then their unhappy screams. /And, from that second, they stop to exist for us. / You ought to begin enthusiastic about our ardour that approach. / Every kiss was actual, then / each kiss left the face of the earth.

Y then got here the Nobel Prize, which was like the start of a farewell: «I believe that folks my age are so afraid of the topic that they normally carry all their very own notions concerning the horror of mortality integrated into each small gesture. But I perceive the passage of time as a form of state of unusual bliss, as liberation from the abandonment of sure forms of expectations,” wrote the already longed-for Louise Glück at the moment.