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Thread #160763   Message #3817396
Posted By: meself
31-Oct-16 - 11:02 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Just an observation on a minor point that has been raised as a criticism several times: Dylan uses "bad grammar" deliberately and knowingly because he writes in the vernacular of the American working-class/underclass/lower-class/lumpenproletariat/underprivileged/minimally-educated/frontiersman/backwoodsmen/etc. It is not coincidental that the ungrammatical vernacular often has more direct and powerful turns of phrase than does standard English. This is the reason that at least one or two other writers of pop and folk songs have been known, on occasion, to employ grammar and vocabulary that is rather less than acceptable in polite society.