About Kaarlo Sarkia

Kaarlo Sarkia (1902-1945), at times noted as Apollo of Finnish poetry, was a master of melodic rhythm and rhyming. An admired lyricist with a perfect sense of language, he was also a recognized as a distinguished translator of a wide spectrum of French and also Italian poetry from that period.
The poems selected here mirror the desolation of the poet’s inner feelings, rejection, suffering, despair, and death (To My Beautiful Brothers, In the Land of Repose, and Gold). Some of Sarkia’s poems also capture the magic of the Finnish summer night such as in Notturno and The Landscape. Tuberculosis, a common ailment of many artists at that time, burdened Sarkia’s life, and the poet died at the age of 43 at the closing years of the Second World War.


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