Poets who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

Created by maluca on 06 Feb 2018 | Last edited by maluca on 14 Feb 2018

A collection of poets who were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Artist | France Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1901

"in special recognition of his poetic composition, which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect"

Artist | Norway Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1903

"as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit"

Top song:  Norsk natur
Artist | France Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1904

"in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and, in addition, his significant work as a Provençal philologist"

Top song:  Mirèio
Artist | Italy Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1906

"not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces"

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1907

"in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author"

Artist | Germany Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1910

"as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories"

Artist | India Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913

"because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1916

"in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature"

Artist | Denmark Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1917

"for his varied and rich poetry, which is inspired by lofty ideals"

Top song:  Grimnesmál

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1919

"in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring"

Top song:  Der Flößer
Artist | Ireland Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1923

"for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1931

"The poetry of Erik Axel Karlfeldt"

Artist | Chile Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1945

"for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world"

Artist | Germany Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1946

"for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1948

"for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 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"

Top 2 songs:  Ångest Jag ville veta
Artist | Iceland Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1955

"for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland"

Artist | Spain Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1956

"for his lyrical poetry, which in Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity"

Artist | Russia Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1958

"for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition"

Artist | Italy Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1959

"for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times"

Artist | France Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1960

"for the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time"

Artist | Greece Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1963

"for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1966

"for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength"

Artist | Guatemala Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1967

"for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America"

Top 2 songs:  Tecún-Uman Guatemala
Artist | Chile Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1971

"for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1974

"for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos"

Artist | Italy Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1975

"for his distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no illusions"

Artist | Spain Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1977

"for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between the wars"

Top 2 songs:  Ten esperanza Se querían
Artist | Greece Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1979

"for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness"

Artist | Colombia Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982

"for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts"

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1984

"for his poetry which endowed with freshness, sensuality and rich inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man"

Top song:  Píseň o lásce
Artist | Nigeria Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1986

"who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence"

Top song:  I Think It Rains
Artist | Russia Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1987

"for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity"

Artist | Mexico Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1990

"for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity"

Top song:  Tus ojos

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1992

"for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment"

Artist | Ireland Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1995

"for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past"

Top song:  Digging
Artist | Poland Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1996

"for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality"

Artist | Portugal Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1998

"who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality"

Artist | Germany Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1999

"whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history"

Artist | Sweden Poetry

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011

"because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality"

41. Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016

"for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition"

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