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Monday, April 18, 2011

How many words must a man write down before you call him a poet?

The old question that's been around for decades is back: is Dylan a poet? Or is he just a song and dance man, as he once said?

The Irish Times says, in part:
However, if Eliot’s contention that poets are those who “startle us out of our sleep-of-death into a more capacious sense of life” is in any way true, Dylan has been doing just that since he took his first steps to becoming one of the 20th century’s most alluring and influential cultural figures.

A friend of poets, named after a poet, with a poet's sensibilities and wordplay and wordpower, what if Dylan never had a guitar - would you be reading about him now? Check it out on

1 comment:

Anthony J Langford said...

Bob Dylan has talent to be sure (in Irish mode), but he ripped off Woodie Guthrie... there's no doubting that. He even went to see the man.