Why Louise Glück is a worthy winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Over five decades, the American poet has built a body of work that “makes individual existence universal”.

When Louise Glück was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, the committee referred to her " unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”, and I wondered which of her many such lines they had in mind.

Perhaps it was this, from “Archaic Fragment”, a poem collected in Averno (2006): “It was a beautiful day, though cold./This was, for me, an extravagantly emotional gesture.” Or this, from “Monologue at Nine...
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2020-10-15 21:02
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