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Thread #160763   Message #3816481
Posted By: Will Fly
25-Oct-16 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
You're thrashing a dead horse, Dick.

Imagine a situation where there are three parallel committees for the Man Booker Prize for Literature - each committee made up of 5 judges - all simultaneously sitting and discussing the same shortlist. I guess it would be unlikely that all three committees would choose the same winner - or perhaps they would - or perhaps two would choose the same one - or perhaps all three would choose a different winner.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying that none of the judges at a competition has perfect judgement, or indeed any judgement that necessarily matches another's. Furthermore, the relative merits or demerits of any of the offerings are exactly that - relative.

So, as a judge of poetic literature, you find Dylan lacking in merit; others here do not find him lacking in merit. But the explanation of why will never come to a resolution. Just accept that you have your opinion, which is yours to hold - why demand that anyone should try to change it for you.