The Times They Are a-Changin’

Published October 18, 2016 by Shadow Girl

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no telling who that it’s naming
For the loser now will be later to win
Cause the times they are a-changing

New poetic expressions within the great American song tradition were created by these hands.

Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that elevates him into the company of T. S. Eliot, Gabriel García Márquez, Toni Morrison and Samuel Beckett.

2016-nobel-prize

Bob Dylan is the first musician to win the award, and his selection on Thursday is perhaps the most radical choice in a history stretching back to 1901. In choosing a popular musician for the literary world’s highest honor, the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature.”

Literary scholars have long debated whether Mr. Dylan’s lyrics can stand on their own as poetry, and an astonishing volume of academic work has been devoted to parsing his music. The Oxford Book of American Poetry included his song “Desolation Row,” in its 2006 edition, and Cambridge University Press released “The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan” in 2009, further cementing his reputation as a brilliant literary stylist.

This tweet wraps up everything I love about the internet!

This tweet wraps up everything I love about the internet!

 

https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004707425

 

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2 comments on “The Times They Are a-Changin’

    • I am a HUGE fan, too (Shelter from the Storm was my wedding song 😉 ) – and I agree that it seems really weird. But, as I’ve sat and thought about it more and more – I’m really appreciating it. I don’t know what this might be setting up for future nominees, but like he said himself… The Times They Are a-Changin’, haha.

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