Louise Glück, the poet who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday October 08 10.03 GMT


La poetry is celebrating the announcement of the Swedish Academy to crown the American writer Louise glück with the Nobel Prize for Literature 2020.

Considered as one of the poets more talented contemporaries, Glück's poetry stands out for its technical precision, the sensitivity of its verses, and for tackling human relationships, loneliness, and death with solemnity and brilliance.

Described by the poet Robert Hass as “one of the purest and most accomplished lyric poets”, the Academy recognized her "For his unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty universalizes individual existence".



From NY, Louise Glück was born on April 22, 1943 and published her first book of poetry in 1968, under the title Firstborn.

Eleven are added to that publication poems more, included wild irises –1993 Pulitzer Award– and Triumph of achilles -National Book Critics Circle Award–, as well as the collection of essays from 2007: American Original.

“Glück's cryptic narratives invite our participation, we must, depending on the case, complete the story, substitute ourselves for the fictitious characters, invent a setting from which the speaker can pronounce their lines, decode the importance, 'solve' the allegory ... ”, Affirmed the poet Helen Vendler about the work of Glück.


Sunset (from the book A village life)

The moment the sun goes down

a farmer burns dry leaves.

It's nothing, this fire.

It's a small, controlled thing

like a family ruled by a dictator.

Even so, when it burns, the farmer disappears;

it is invisible from the road.

Compared to the sun, here all the fires

they are brief, amateurish thing;

they run out when the leaves are consumed.

Then the farmer reappears, raking ashes.

But death is real.

As if the sun had finished what it came to do,

I would have made the field grow and then

it would have inspired the burning of the earth.

So now you can get.