Aila Meriluoto

Finnish poet, author and translator

Aila Meriluoto (10 January 1924 – 21 October 2019) was a Finnish poet, writer and translator. She was born in Pieksämäki, Finland. She became the most celebrated and widely read female poet of post-war Finland. The themes of her poems were art and femininity.[1] In collection Pahat unet (1956) some of the poems have a free form. The next collection, Portaat, came five years later.[2]

c. 1950s

In addition to poems, Meriluoto wrote novels, and books for young people. She has translated works by Harry Martinson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Shakespeare and Goethe.[3]

Meriluoto died in a care home in Helsinki on 21 October 2019, aged 95.[4][5]


  1. Hökkä, Tuula. "Leaving War Behind". The History of Nordic Women's Literature. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. Polkunen, Miriam (2005). "Meriluoto, Aila (1924- )". The National Biography of Finland. (in Finnish). Biografiakeskus, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. "Meriluoto, Aila". Kirjasampo (in Finnish). Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  4. "Runoilija Aila Meriluoto on kuollut" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  5. Kirssi, Elina (2019-10-22). "Runoilija Aila Meriluoto on kuollut 95-vuotiaana – tästä me hänet muistamme" (in Finnish). Seura. Retrieved 2019-10-22.