Petter Dass >>
PETTER DASS (1647-1708), the "father" of modern Norwegian poetry, was the son of Peter Dundas, a Scottish merchant of Dundee, who, leaving his country about 1630 to escape the troubles of the Presbyterian chursh, settled in Bergen, and in 1646 married a Norse girl of good family.
Petter Dass was born in 1647 on the island of Nord Hero, on the north coast of Norway.
About this time Petter went to Bergen, where he visited Dorothea Engelbrechtsdatter, with whom he had been for many years in correspondence.
The other poems of Petter Dass are less universally read; they abound, however, in queer turns of thought, and fine homely fancies.