The Twitter universe lit up today with congratulations for Tomas Transtromer, the Swedish poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Postings also included quotes from Transtromer’s work and some exclamations of surprise.

Here are some of the comments:

Although Transtromer’s work is largely unknown to western readers, his Nobel Prize was long expected. Take this comment 25 years ago from The Washington Post:

“Transtromer is considered by many, among them poet Robert Bly, to be Sweden’s premier poet. They even say it is not unlikely he will someday win a Nobel prize.”

Transtromer’s prose is lean and athletic and “characterized by economy,” according to his prize citation. His work is almost dreamlike, peppered with powerful metaphors

Transtromer’s last work was published in 2004. Fourteen years before that, he suffered a debilitating stroke that left him paralyzed and nearly speechless, but he continued to write.