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Thread #160763   Message #3817005
Posted By: GUEST
29-Oct-16 - 04:58 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
One of the things about poetry is that it doesn't need a melody.
Lyrics do.

What is good poetry? Critics differ.

My problem is that Dylan's words are dark, often paranoid and too clever.
Sometime they are cliched.

I like the earlier songs such as "Tomorrow is a Long Time".

"Blowin' in The Wind" is a pseudo political song saying really nothing new using stale images. It's as if it were written to sell to young lefties.

It's the image of the poet that Dylan represents like the actor image of James Dean.

Dylan looks the part, a Woody makeover.

Now to me the line "Some will rob you with a six gun and some with a fountain pen" is poetic, concise and serves agit-prop well. Agitprop has its place.

"Sound and fury signifying nothing"? At times. Dylan is undoubtably a good lyricist because his words sing. As a poet, if you speak them, do they speak well like his namesake Dylan Thomas?