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Olav Aukrust (January 21, 1883 – November 3, 1929) was a Norwegianmarker poet and teacher. He was born in Lommarker and wrote poems with a renewed national romantic style. His use of rural dialect contributed to the growth of Nynorsk as a literary language.


Aukrust was married to Gudrun Blekastad. He was strongly influenced by Ivar Mortensson-Egnund, and used a characteristically similar form. Until 1917, he worked as a teacher at the folk high school for Dovremarker (1915-17) where his friend Ingeborg Møller was a teacher, as well as in Gausdalmarker. He suffered from tuberculosis, which came to characterize his last year and led to an early death.

Olav Aukrust joined the Anthroposophical Society in December 1921 after he and his wife, Gudrun Aukrust, traveled through Goetheanummarker on their way home from Italymarker.

His nephews were Odd Aukrust and Kjell Aukrust, an author and artist.

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