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Aaro Hellaakoski (June 22, 1893 – November 23, 1952) was a Finnish poet whose work includes some of the earliest examples of modernism in Finnish literature.
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- When the early morning sun
- first pierced the grayness in the sky,
- a pickerel rose from his watery home
- to climb a pine tree, singing.
- And high in the branches, he looked upon
- the morning's glowing beauty -
- the wind-blown ripples on the lake,
- dew-freshened flowers and fields below.
- Aaro Hellaakoski. "The song of the pike hauen laulu." Aina Swan Cutler (trans.) in: Aili Jarvenpa, Michael G. Karni (1989), Sampo, the magic mill: a collection of Finnish-American writing.
- From his hole so wet and drenching
- a pike rose up to tree to sing
- when through the greyish net of clouds
- first gleam of day was seen
- and at the lake the lapping waves
- woke up with joyous mean
- the pike rose to the spruce's crone
- to take a bite at reddish cone
- Aaro Hellaakoski, "The Pike's Song," (1927), Leevi Lehto (transl.), in: Leevi Lehto. Leevi Lehto. Finnish poetry: then and now, January 2005. Published online at upenn.edu. Accessed 20-03-2013
Quotes about Aaro Hellaakoski
- For the poet Aaro Hellaakoski there was 'negative fire' in the steely blue skies of winter.
- William Richard Mead (1993), An Experience of Finland. p. 58