Translator's notes

Fourth Prayer


The lyrical poetry of the Swedish writer Ebba Lindqvist (1908–1995) is grounded in natural landscapes and in biblical and classical themes. Especially her portraits of women combine the tensions of a death wish with a passion for life. She wrote in free verse characterized by an expressive imagery. She made her literary debut in 1931 and, despite personal hardships and a nomadic life, published new volumes at intervals until the mid-sixties. Over one hundred of her poems have been set to music.

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