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Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

 

It's rare when the Art world and awards meet a perfect balance. It’s been more than six decades that Dylan has used his gravelly voice and poetic lyrics to captivate and enlighten his audience. Themes of death, heartbreak, war and love have been a few that have driven his music. Dylan’s standing as a great lyricist has been officially upped further...

 

On Thursday, he was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Furthermore, Sara Danius, Secretary of the Swedish Academy said, “We’re really giving it to Bob Dylan as a great poet—that’s the reason we awarded him the prize. He’s a great poet in the great English tradition, stretching from Milton and Blake onward. And he’s a very interesting traditionalist, in a highly original way.  Not just the written tradition, but also the oral one; not just high literature, but also low literature”.

 

The news hit across the spectrum. On Twitter, President Obama tweeted, “congratulations to one of my favorite poets,” while Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash and songwriter herself, wrote: “Holy mother of god. Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize.”

 

From the start, Dylan’s enchanting lyrics were what made him stand out in clubs and cafes in Greenwich Village and in 1965, he played an electric set at the Newport Folk Festival, completely altering the route for folk music. After all these years, it is great to see Dylan, not only be the first American to be awarded since Toni Morrison in 1993 but to be officially recognized as one of the greatest poets of our time. Possibly the greatest...


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