Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Music as Inspiration: Tomas Transtromer

Below is a lovely video that features the late Tomas Transtromer, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011, at home in Stockholm. As Transtromer plays, his 1962 poem "Allegro" (from The Half-Finished Heaven, translated by Robert Bly) is recited in Swedish, with English subtitles.

The video, poem text, and additional information about the poet and the occasion that prompted him to play the music are available at Louisiana Channel.

Tomas Transtromer Website

Tomas Transtromer died March 26, 2015. Read his New York Times obituary.

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