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Posted By: Allan Conn
14-Oct-16 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
I don't think the award was given because they think he is the greatest living poet though!!! It was given seemingly "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

So the big thing is that they have decided to give a literature award to a writer of song lyrics rather than a writer of poetry or prose. Why not I ask? Poetry, especially shorter lyrical poems and song lyrics can kind of blend into each other anyway. If they are going to give the award to a lyricist at some point then Dylan does seem the obvious choice. Whilst he's still here.

I'd have thought people who have an interest in song would be glad that the literary academics are regarding song lyrics as worthy of recognition.