Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Nobel Committee said that he is awarded because, through his condensed, transluscent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.

Other poets, especially in the political 1970s, accused Transtromer of standing apart from his tradition and not including political issues in his poems and novels. However his clear, seemingly simple pictures from everyday life and nature in particular reveal a mystic insight into the universal aspects of the human mind, the committee said.

His poetry has been translated into 50 languages.