American poet Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

American poet Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

- USA poet Louise Glück has won the Nobel Prize for Literature

- The Swedish Academy made the announcement on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden

- Glück is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who is also a professor of English Literature at Yale University

- The Swedish Nobel committee described her as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature

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One of America's most celebrated poets Louise Glück has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for the year 2020 which the prize-giving committee highlighting her minimalist voice.

The award was announced on Thursday, October 8 at a news conference in Sweden's capital, Stockholm.

"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," read the academy's statement.

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American poet Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
American poet Louise Glück with former US President Barack Obama at a previous event. Photo: DW
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A report by the New York Times showed the chair of the prize-giving committee Anders Olsson especially praised her poems that get to the heart of the family life.

“Louise Glück’s voice is unmistakable. It is candid and uncompromising, and it signals this poet wants to be understood," said Olsson.

According to the chairperson, Glück's voice was also full of humour and biting wit.

The American poet is said to be the first female poet to be awarded the prize since Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish writer, in 1996. She is also the first American to win since Bob Dylan in 2016.

Glück is also a renowned essay writer and literary critic in addition to her poetry collections. Her first published poetry collection appeared in 1968.

The 77-year-old poet has also previously been recognised with the National Book Award with her work being characterised by a striving for clarity. They are said to often be about the human condition and deal with themes of childhood, family life, death and human mortality, the Nobel Academy announced.

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She has since published 12 collections of poetry, as well as volumes of essays on poetry.

The writer draws on myths and classical motifs in most of her works to seek the universal, often adapting and incorporating Greek and Roman mythology. Other poets to have received the award include Seamus Heaney, the Northern Irish poet, who won in 1995.

Glück' will give her Nobel lecture in the United States (US) owing to the Covid-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions.

An article published by Dwight Garner in the New York Times in 2012 showed Ararat, a collection of poems from 1990, was the most brutal and sorrow-filled book of American poetry published in the last 25 years.

William Logan, in a 2009 Times review of A Village Life, called Glück the most popular literary poet in America.

"Her audience may not be as large as others but part of her cachet is that her poems are like secret messages for the initiated," he wrote.

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The highly- coveted award gives the recipients an opportunity to belong to one of the most prestigious groups of the world.

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