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Tearing the World ApartBob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century$
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Nina Goss and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813329

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813329.001.0001

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Tempest, Bob Dylan, and the Bardic Arts

Tempest, Bob Dylan, and the Bardic Arts

(p.63) Chapter Four Tempest, Bob Dylan, and the Bardic Arts
Tearing the World Apart

Anne Margaret Daniel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter analyzes how Bob Dylan has been likened, yet again, to William Shakespeare upon the release of a record titled Tempest. Dylan himself tried to slide out of the comparisons and speculations in his Rolling Stone interview. However, dwelling in the admitted darkness of Tempest is romance, good humor, and intricate patterns of both rhyme and sound. The perfect-ten tracks of this record come straight from a bard's ear and a poet's pen—something that shows Bob Dylan to be every bit a Renaissance man. Dylan's Shakespeare references in the past have ranged from the patent—like “Shakespeare in the alley” (“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”, 1966) and “Ophelia 'neath the window” (“Desolation Row”, 1965).

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, William Shakespeare, Tempest, romance, good humor, Renaissance man, Shakespeare references

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