Sweden's "buzzard poet" wins Nobel Prize

06/10/2011 by Katie Allen

The Nobel Prize in Literature has gone to Tomas Tranströmer, skipping bookies' favourite Bob Dylan

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has beaten fellow contenders musician Bob Dylan and novelist Haruki Murakami to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Accoladed by the Nobel committee "because, through his condensed, transluscent images, he gives us fresh access to reality", the 80-year-old follows last year’s winner, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. British author Doris Lessing took the prize in 2007.

According to publisher Bloodaxe, Tranströmer has been described as a "buzzard poet" because "his haunting, visionary poetry shows the world from a height, in a mystic dimension, but brings every detail of the natural world into sharp focus.

"His poems are often explorations of the borderland between sleep and waking, between the conscious and unconscious states."

Tranströmer's New Collected Poems, which contains all the poems he has written over the past 40 years, was published by Bloodaxe to celebrate his birthday in April this year.

Today, 6th October, is the UK's National Poetry Day.

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