Published in 1979, ‘Hauströkkrið yfir mér‘ is a poetry collection by Icelandic poet Snorri Hjartarson that won the ‘Nordic Council Literature Prize‘ in 1981. Hjartarson grew up in an Icelandic village, but then lived for a long time in Norway, where he studied painting at the ‘Oslo Academy of Art‘. Later, he worked as a librarian in Reykjavik. His first novel published in 1934 was written in Norwegian, ‘Høit flyver ravnen’ however, posterity remembers him primarily as a poet writing in Icelandic. ‘Hauströkkrið yfir mér’ is “poetry painted with a brush”: nature is rendered with a clarity in tinges and a colourfulness that can only be discerned by sensitive artist’s eyes. A patient reader will perceive a subtle tone, an atmosphere that speaks softly of secrets from an inaccessible mystery. Snorri Hjartarson is both innovative and a classicist: in his work readers can feel the ancient Icelandic forms of poetry, fused with modernistic, freely functioning poems. According to the Adjudicating Committee “Hauströkkrið yfir mér “ clearly gives expression to a personal experience of nature that grows into world consciousness.