My latest poet of the week, Edith Södergran, was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet who grew up in Tsarist Russia. She is considered to be “one of the first modernists within Swedish-language literature” and this is exemplified in her work. She used free verse (when a good majority of poets of her time were locked into traditional forms) to compare minor, specific details of life to “big picture” ideas. For instance, in the poem “The Portrait”, her main subject is a simple gull’s egg that she symbolically fills with love, devotion, and the possibility that her love and devotion is unrequited. In “Animalistic Hymn”, she compares a day in the sun to grander ideas of aging, joy, and nature.
Check out a few of her poems by clicking the above links, and read her biography on Wikipedia here: Edith Södergran