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Michael Strunge (Denmark)

Michael Strunge was one of the early voices of a poetic movement in Denmark which came to be known as the ‘Poetry of the Eighties’. With the publication of his first collection in 1978, when he was just 20, he achieved almost instant recognition as a rebellious, angry poet who identified strongly with the poor and the socially sidelined. He was essentially a voice for tolerance, and his ideal was the acceptance of different values and lifestyles of old and young, misfit and conformist. Despite his poetic success, Strunge became increasingly disillusioned and depressed. In 1986, at the age of 27, he committed suicide.