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Swedish enlightenment literature

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Swedish enlightenment literature

The Swedish enlightenment songwriter Carl Michael Bellman portrayed by Per Krafft, 1779

Swedish enlightenment literature was written between approximately 1732 and 1809. [1] Key figures included the mystic Carolus Linnaeus, the poet Johan Henrik Kellgren and the songwriter and performer Carl Michael Bellman.

From spirituality to science and poetry

There were only a few notable writers in spiritual matters in the 18th century. The most notable exception is

  • Algulin, Ingemar, A History of Swedish Literature, published by the Swedish Institute, 1989. ISBN 91-520-0239-X
  • Tigerstedt, E.N., Svensk litteraturhistoria (Tryckindustri AB, Solna, 1971)
  1. ^ These years are given by Tigerstedt, 1971
  2. ^ Gustafson, pp.110-112
  3. ^ Algulin, pp.47-51
  4. ^ a b Algulin, pp.54-61
  5. ^ (Swedish) Carl Michael Bellman, author presentation in Project Runeberg

Notes and references

The main two works of Bellman are the Epistles of Fredman ("Fredmans epistlar") in 1790 and the Songs of Fredman ("Fredmans sånger") in 1791, each comprising some 80 songs. A striking theme is the freedom with which his main characters display themselves: they drink anywhere at any time, and make love anywhere at any time. At the same time, death is always lurking around the corner.[4]

Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) is one of few Swedish 18th century characters who has never lost the appreciation of common people. He was born in Stockholm and lived there for most of his life. Education did not turn out well; instead he became interested in pleasurable activities. He made himself a reputation as a cheerful poet and singer-songwriter.[4][5]


In the 18th century, Latin accelerated its decline in favor of the national language. One of the first proponents of producing material for a general public was the botanist Carolus Linnaeus (1700-1772). Later key figures included the poet Johan Henrik Kellgren and the songwriter and performer Carl Michael Bellman.


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