A forgotten 18th-Century Poet: Greta Giädda on the Bales, Boons and Blessings of Marriage (En bortglömd 1700-talspoet. Greta Giädda om äktenskapets ve, väl och välsignelse
In this paper we meet Greta Giädda (ca 1680–1753), a (minor) poet fairly unknown to posterity from the first part of the 18th century. However, she happened to enter the history of Swedish literature when she rose strong objections to the Swedish poet, Johan Runius, and his energetic defence in a wedding poem, 1712, of matrimony and the supposed happy life together as husband and wife. As a matter of fact, she started a versified quarrel with her "Contra-vers" — the term is hers. This quarrel is well known but not her identity as author of this "Contra-vers", nor her text. Thanks to the discovery of her manuscripts in the Linköping Diocese Library, we can now get a better knowledge of this controversy about marriage, compulsion and freedom. Some of her poems handed down to us, foremost occasional poetry, were printed. An appendix registers all of her poems. Another appendix presents an early text by Samuel Triewald, who in this way contributed to the on-going discussion.
The paper also describes two cultural places that were very likely important to Greta Giädda, namely first a vicarage in Stockholm and later on, a manor in Östergötland. Not least this rural manor was obviously a place where the burning questions in the controversy between Greta Giädda and Johan Runius in the year 1712 were continuously discussed.
Uppsala: Svenska litteratursällskapet , 2015. Vol. 136, 140-177 p.