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Poets Pick Things Up all over the World. The Poetry of Luuk Gruwez (+ Five poems by Luuk Gruwez, in originele versie en Engelse vertaling)
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Poets Pick Things Up all over the World. The Poetry of Luuk Gruwez (+ Five poems by Luuk Gruwez, in originele versie en Engelse vertaling)

(Hugo Brems) The Low Countries - 2002, № 10, pp. 141-148

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As early as the 1970s, the Flemish poet Luuk Gruwez called for a return to emotion, to a profession of beliefs, to the great themes in which the reader could recognise him or herself. The primary function of poetry: to touch the reader, to move him or her, make them feel pain and joy simultaneously through a combination of beauty and emotion. Today, more than twenty years later, it is apparent that this was a fundamental choice for Gruwez. The poet is a singer, who uses his artistry to interpret joy and sadness in himself and those around him, just like the minstrels of old. Over the years, Gruwez has gradually freed himself of woolly romanticism, of a desire for aesthetic effect, and ultimately a preoccupation with his ego and his own emotional world

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