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Julie Bosman considers the work of Tomas Transtromer, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature.

‘So much poetry, not only in this country but everywhere, is small and personal and it doesn’t look outward, it looks inward,’ said Daniel Halpern, the president and publisher of Ecco, the imprint of HarperCollins that has published English translations of Mr. Transtromer’s work. ‘But there are some poets who write true international poetry. It’s the sensibility that runs through his poems that is so seductive. He is such a curious and open and intelligent writer.’