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Posted By: Allan Conn
19-Oct-16 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
I never said I believed that songs should not be understandable. I simply said that not understanding a song lyric does not in itself mean it is not a good lyric. Like other forms of art song lyrics can be surreal. It may not be to everyone's liking but that is just personal preference.

As to what is song lyrics and what is lyrical poetry then I am simply pointing out that there is no real clear defining line. It seems to be simply that if something is accepted as being poetry, perhaps by being included in poetry volumes, then it is poetry. Unless someone can clearly explain what makes John Anderson or Auld Lang Syne acceptable as poetry whilst Dylan's best lyrics aren't!

As an aside this has me remembering that whilst doing my English Higher here in Scotland we studied various WWI 'poems' which included Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon but also "Us And Them" by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.