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Explainer: Are Bob Dylan's Songs 'Literature'?

McCooey, David 2016, Explainer: Are Bob Dylan's Songs 'Literature'?, The Conversation, pp. 1-1.

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Title Explainer: Are Bob Dylan's Songs 'Literature'?
Author(s) McCooey, DavidORCID iD for McCooey, David orcid.org/0000-0001-8122-4863
Source title The Conversation
Publisher Conversation Media Group
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-10-14
Section Arts and Culture
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Keyword(s) Nobel Prize
Literature
Bob Dylan
Song Lyrics
Summary Bob Dylan has won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. The media has reported on this surprising choice by asking musicians, poets, and writers if Dylan’s songs are indeed “literature”. Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting (1993), made it clear on Twitter that he didn’t think they were: If you’re a ‘music’ fan, look it up in the dictionary. Then ‘literature’. Then compare and contrast. So are song lyrics a type of literature or, more specifically, poetry? The English poet Glyn Maxwell thinks not. In On Poetry (2011), he writes that “Songs are strung upon sounds, poems upon silence”. Inhabiting silence makes poetry the harder and more important art form. Music, Maxwell writes, makes lyrics seem better than when they appear on the whiteness of the page.
Language eng
Field of Research 200506 North American Literature
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category M Media article
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2016, Conversation Media Group
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives licence
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