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Thread #160763   Message #3817241
Posted By: Steve Shaw
30-Oct-16 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Poets are not there to express things in a way I can't understand. They are there to enlighten, to set off a spark of insight in us that needed setting off. To turn the inchoate into real ideas. Not to pen obscure mixtures of words for an in-crowd. Dylan aficionados really need to stop telling us that we don't get it. I've read what Dick posted here (enough, Dick, by the way) and I get it all right. Well, some of it seems ungettable by any measure, but there you go. If his language and demeanour doesn't chime with my life experiences, maybe it's Bob who doesn't get it. Take a look at any selection of lines from the Ewan MacColl song posted above. Full of ideas expressed in a near-ideal way, warmly lyrical and life-affirming. Full of those little sparks. He didn't even have to make the excuse that he was writing song words, not poetry. It IS poetry. And it's a damn fine song. And I'm not his number one fan either.