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Gerhardt, Ida (1905–1997)

Gerhardt, Ida (1905–1997)

Dutch poet and translator. Name variations: Ida Gardina Margaretha Gerhardt. Born May 11, 1905, in Gorinchem, Netherlands; died 1997; earned degree in classical languages.

One of most important 20th-century Dutch poets, taught classical languages (1939–63); translations include Lucretius's De Rerum Natura and (with Marie H. van der Zeyde) De Psalmen (1972) from Hebrew; poetry collections include Kosmos (1940), Vroeg verzen (1978), Verzamelde gedichten (1980), Dolen en dromen (1980), De zomen van het licht (1983), and De adelaarsvarens (1988). Received Marianne Philips Prize (1967) and P.C. Hooft Prize (1979).

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