Tomas Transtroemer, 83, the Swedish poet and translator who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature, died Thursday after a short illness, Albert Bonniers Foerlag, his publisher, said on behalf of his family in a statement on its website Friday.

Known for his depiction of nature and his economy of form, Mr. Transtroemer won "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality," the Swedish Academy in Stockholm said in awarding the 2011 prize.

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