Swedish Poetry - Nobel Laureates

Nobel Laureates

Swedish writers awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the year it was awarded to them:

  • Selma Lagerlöf, 1909 — "In appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings"
  • Verner von Heidenstam, 1916 — "In recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature"
  • Erik Axel Karlfeldt, 1931 — "For the poetry of Erik Axel Karlfeldt". The acceptance speech elaborates: " The Swede would say that we celebrate this poet because he represents our character with a style and a genuineness that we should like to be ours, and because he has sung with singular power and exquisite charm of the tradition of our people, of all the precious features which are the basis for our feeling for home and country in the shadow of the pine-covered mountains.".
  • Pär Lagerkvist, 1951 — "For the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind"
  • Eyvind Johnson, 1974 (joint) — "For a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom"
  • Harry Martinson, 1974 (joint) — "For writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos"
  • Tomas Tranströmer, 2011 — "Because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality"

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