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Sitor Situmorang

Sitor Situmorang (October 2, 1924) is a prominent Indonesian poet, essayist and writer of short stories. Situmorang was born in Harianboho, North Sumatra, and educated in Jakarta. He worked as a journalist and literary critic in Medan, Yogyakarta and Jakarta for a variety of newspapers and periodicals.

Sitor was considered by A Teeuw to be Indonesia’s preeminent poet from Angkatan '45 (The Generation of '45) after the decease of Chairil Anwar. “His views were deeply influenced by French existentialism of the early fifties, and his poetic forms, as pointed by Subagio, display remarkable similarities with French symbolism (Subagio Sastrowardojo 1976). Despite the European influence he is still deeply rooted in his Batak culture.

He was born in North Tapanuli, North Sumatra and moved to Jakarta to study at AMS. After graduating from AMS, he went to the US to further study cinematography at the University of California (1956–57).

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Gender : male

Date of Birth : 2 October 1923

Birth Place : Tapanuli Utara, North Sumatera

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