Investigation- Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl

You can tell this guy is original just by his name– Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl.  Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl is a poet and author from Iceland. He has received numerous awards for the poems and books he has written. He is influenced by a number of Icelandic poets including Jóhamar.  I think, after reading his interview with Robin Vaughan-Williams,  Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl has not only a handful of influences but a variety of them. He speaks fondly of several different Icelandic poets as well as English poets. Some of these include Sean Bonney and Billy Childish.  Something I found to be really interesting was the way  Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl perceives poetry. He describes it as the totally unconventional when he says “Anyone not in poetry’s “in-crowd” is sure to start thinking of flowers, waterfalls, nationalism, high-end emotion and heartbreak when presented with the word “poetry”. ” This poet has been compared to the Icelandic historian and poet  Snorri Sturluson, who critics claim lived a life as difficult as his writings. He has also been compared to the Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, who was actively involved in politics. Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl’s fans find this bizarre because they believe that he is dissimilar to these poets. Besides his personal life and social struggles with the press in Iceland (he claims there is a lot of back-biting going on in the poetry world because of a scarce population of poets), I definitely enjoyed his work for both entertainment and sound purposes– it sounded great to the ear!



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