Biography

Eino Leino (6 July 1878, Paltamo, Finland - 10 January 1926, Tuusula, Finland) was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. His poems combine modern and Finnish folk elements. The style of much of his work is like the Kalevala and folk songs. Nature, love, and despair are frequent themes in Leino's work. He is beloved and widely read in Finland today.

Eino Leino was born as Armas Einar Leopold Lönnbohm in Paltamo and was the seventh and youngest son in a family of ten children. Leino's father had transferred his surname from Mustonen to Lönnbohm to advance in his career.

Leino published his first poem at 12 and, by age 18, a collection of poems as well, Maaliskuun lauluja.

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