Nobel poet Tomas Tranströmer dies in Stockholm aged 83

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The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2011, has died in Stockholm at the age of 83. His sparse, no-frills output was highly praised from the moment his first collection, 17 Poems, appeared in 1954. He had lost the power of speech after a stroke in 1990, but continued to write poetry, and to play the piano with his left hand. Tranströmer, a socialist, humanist and atheist, once wrote: “Don’t be ashamed because you’re human. Be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that’s as it should be.”

You can read more about his poetry here 

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