Famous Poets from Sweden

List of notable or famous poets from Sweden, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Sweden and even some popular poets who immigrated to Sweden. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swedish poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Sweden is included when available.

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This historic poets from Sweden list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swedish poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Sweden?" These prominent poets of Sweden may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swedish poets.

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  • Åke Hodell (April 30, 1919 – July 29, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden) was a Swedish fighter pilot, poet, author, text-sound composer, and artist. He was the son of author Björn Hodell and brother of actor Ulla Hodell. Hodell was trained as a fighter pilot, but after a crash during practice July 17, 1941, he had to spend the next few years in hospital. This became a turning point and he became a dedicated antimilitarist. Lying in hospital he got to know author Gunnar Ekelöf and Hodell made his debut with Flyende Pilot in 1953. That same spring, Hodell and Ekelöf travelled to Rome. In his books, Hodell experimented with what he calls elektronismer, while he on stage and in radio in the early 60s ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1919-2000)
  • Artur Lundkvist
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    Nils Artur Lundkvist (3 March 1906 in Perstorp Municipality, Skåne County – 11 December 1991 in Solna, Stockholm County) was a Swedish writer, poet and literary critic. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1968.Artur Lundkvist published around 80 books, including poetry, prose poems, essays, short stories, novels and travel books, and his works have been translated into some 30 languages. He is also noted for having translated many works from Spanish and French into Swedish. Several authors he translated were later awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He married the poet Maria Wine in 1936.
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1906-1991)
    • Birthplace: Perstorp Municipality, Sweden
  • August Strindberg
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    Johan August Strindberg (; Swedish: [ˈoːɡɵst ²strɪnːdbærj] (listen); 22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over sixty plays and more than thirty works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. A bold experimenter and iconoclast throughout, he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes, from naturalistic tragedy, monodrama, and history plays, to his anticipations of expressionist and surrealist dramatic techniques. From his earliest work, Strindberg developed ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1849-1912)
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Bruno Keats Öijer (born 26 November 1951 in Linköping, Sweden) is a contemporary Swedish poet.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Sweden
  • Dan Andersson
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    Dan Andersson (6 April 1888 in Ludvika – 16 September 1920 in Stockholm) was a Swedish author, poet and composer. A nom de plume he sometimes used was Black Jim. Although he is counted among the Swedish proletarian authors, his works are not limited to that genre.
    • Age: Dec. at 32 (1888-1920)
    • Birthplace: Ludvika, Sweden
  • Erik Axel Karlfeldt
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    Erik Axel Karlfeldt (20 July 1864 – 8 April 1931) was a Swedish poet whose highly symbolist poetry masquerading as regionalism was popular and won him the Nobel Prize in Literature posthumously in 1931 after he had been nominated by Nathan Söderblom, member of the Swedish Academy. It has been rumored that he had been offered, but declined, the award already in 1919.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1864-1931)
    • Birthplace: Karlbo