I love it.
Songs are poetry and surely while he has some stinkers, many of his songs likely will last. Surely the impact of the second stanza of Blowing in the Wind helped the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s:
Yes, how many years can a mountain existHe was 21 when he wrote that.
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
US music legend Bob Dylan, whose poetic lyrics have influenced generations of fans, won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the first songwriter to win the award in a decision that stunned prize watchers.
The 75-year-old was honoured "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition", the Swedish Academy said.
The choice was met by gasps and a long round of spontaneous applause from journalists attending the prize announcement. The folk rock singer had been mentioned in Nobel speculation over the years, but was never seen as a serious contender.
The Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan's songs were "poetry for the ears" while acknowledging that some might find Dylan a "strange" choice.
"... if you think back to Homer and Sappho, you realise that was also aural poetry. It was meant to be performed, together with instruments," she said.
"But we still read them, 2,500-some years later... And in much the same way you can read Bob Dylan too. And you realise that he is great at rhyming, great at putting together refrains and great at poetic images," she told AFP.Screw Homer and Sappho. How about David? Psalms will last as long as there is a Bible.
And aural poetry or go home.
Often imitated, occasionally parodied (Let It All Hang Out), Dylan is an American original. I congratulate him.
UPDATE: I daresay more people have heard Bob Dylan than read Svetlana Alexievich, last year's winner.