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Significance of Bob Dylan History of Imaginative Literature

Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize Literature 2016 – by Michael Loflin

Bob Dylan LyricsBob Dylan is the most famous lyric poet since Sappho and Alcaeus, In 630 B.C. The Greeks held to a strict definition of a lyric poet that said they must have the skill to compose tone poetry (melody) and word poetry (the lyrics) equally well. According to that standard neither Shakespeare or Dante was a lyric poet.

The troubadour tradition in the South of France from the 11th – 13th centuries did in point of fact produce a plethora of major lyric poets in the authentic Greek sense of the meaning. The major lyric poets of this movement have names that have not perished, still, none of these possessed the renown of Bob Dylan.

It is possible that one of those French poets would have rivalled Bob Dylan had the advantage of grow-up during the great flowering of western music in North America and England from 1955 – 1985 including a few more great artists turning up after 1985 in the following lyric poets we once again has authentic lyric poets, both Men and women.

Lyric Poets Since 1968:

  1. Neil Young
  2. Stevie Nicks
  3. Bruce Springsteen
  4. Madonna
  5. Paul Simon
  6. Lady Gaga
  7. Tom Petty
  8. David Bowie
  9. John Lennon
  10. Paul McCartney

I might have missed a few, however none of these Lyric poets are of the eminence of Bob Dylan; Not when Bob had songs like Carribean Winds, Where Are You Tonight, and It’s Alright Ma, The Changing of the Guard, or when the Night Comes Falling From the Sky. The texture of Bob’s language and its style of intensity is definitely affected by both Shakespeare and the Bible.

As times are a changin’, Bob Dylan also influences a new tradition which is now on the rise.

Bob Dylan is the first American to win [Nobel Prize Literature] since Toni Morrison, in 1993, and the first musician of any nationality to win the prize.

Recently discussing his music and place in the international story, Bob said, “Don’t be fooled. I just opened up a different door in a different kind of way.. I didn’t think I was doing anything different. I thought I was just extending the line.”

The Nobel Prize Literature 2016 is another stone in his path of imaginative creativity; and probably one of his more coveted awards.

See Patti Smith perform an endearing beautiful rendition of Bob Dylan’s  “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”.


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