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L'Osservatore Romano salutes Swedish poet, Nobel laureate

October 07, 2011

The Vatican newspaper has published an appreciative critique of the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer, the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Swedish poet's work can be classified "between expressionism, modernism, and surrealism," L'Osservatore Romano says. The article finds his work important:

First, for the mystical-cosmic inspiration and elegiac pathos that was part of the German artistic-literary current of the early 20th century; second for those elements of color, metrics and musicality of the Hispanic -American movement; and finally for those dream-like images and plumbing the depths of the self which the eighty-year-old poet knew how to transform from the French movement of the 1920s--1940s.


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