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The Swedish Academy has awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in literature to Louise Glück, a former U.S. poet laureate.

“All are characterized by striving for clarity,” Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature, said after Thursday’s announcement.

In the title poem, Glück writes about a flower dying and coming back to life.

In the poem “Winter Morning,” Glück writes about Jesus Christ: “Today, when I woke up, I asked myself/ why did Christ die?

Who knows/ the meaning of such questions?”AdvertisementIt won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry in 1985.

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