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Greatest living poet Bob Dylan wins Nobel literature prize


By Johan Sennero and Alistair Scrutton | STOCKHOLM

      Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards…won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award.

Image result for what the nobel prize committee said about Bob Dylan        The 75-year-old Dylan - who won the prize for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" - now finds himself in the company of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates.

        Dylan's songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind", "The Times They Are a-Changin'", "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Like a Rolling Stone" captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.

        More than 50 years on, Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour, performing his dense poetic lyrics, sung in a sometimes rasping voice that has been ridiculed by detractors.

Some lyrics have resonated for decades.

        Blowin' in the Wind", written in 1962, was considered one of the most eloquent folk songs of all time. "The Times They Are A-Changin'", in which Dylan told Americans "your sons and your daughters are beyond your command", was an anthem of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests.

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan honoured for his discontent

John Robinson

      If Bob Dylan was going to win a Nobel Prize, there was a time when you would have bet on it being for peace, not literature. In the early 1960s, the American poet-musician wrote about social injustice and nuclear threat, and campaigned for civil rights. One of his highest profile public appearances ever was at the August 1963 March on Washington where Dr Martin Luther King Jr delivered his "I have a dream..." speech.

        As influential as Dylan was in this capacity, writing music that championed the oppressed and hoped for change – his songs became banners for his generation to march under – to be a writer of protest songs was clearly too limiting an occupation for him.

To be defined, to judge by his subsequent artistry, is, in Dylan’s estimation, to be captured.

“May you stay…forever young.”



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