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American Poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2020


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Oct, 2020. 04:57 pm
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The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.

The American poet Louise Glück was born 1943 in New York and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Apart from her writing, she is a professor of English at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

She made her debut in 1968 with Firstborn and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature. She has received several prestigious awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize (1993) and the National Book Award (2014).

Louise Glück has published twelve collections of poetry and some volumes of essays on poetry. All are characterized by a striving for clarity. Childhood and family life, the close relationship with parents and siblings, is a thematic that has remained central with her.

In her poems, the self listens for what is left of its dreams and delusions, and nobody can be harder than she in confronting the illusions of the self. But even if Glück would never deny the significance of the autobiographical background, she is not to be regarded as a confessional poet.



Glück seeks the universal, and in this she takes inspiration from myths and classical motifs, present in most of her works. The voices of Dido, Persephone and Eurydice – the abandoned, the punished, the betrayed – are masks for a self in transformation, as personal as it is universally valid.

She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the The Wild Iris (1992).

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