- Title Pages
- The Day Johnny Cash Died
- Reduced to Rhyme: On Contemporary Doggerel
- The Sonnet Within the Song: Country Lyrics and the Shakespearean Sonnet Structure
- Rap Poetry 101
- It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Blues Mask of Modernism
- Gangsta Rap’s Heroic Substrata: A Survey of the Evidence
- At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Poetry and the Blues
- Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes?
- Similarities and Differences Between Song Lyrics and Poetry
- Words and Music: Three Stories
- The Triumph of Icarus: Sam Cooke and the Creative Spirit
- The Joe Blow Version
- A Nobel For Dylan?
- Lyric Impression, Muscle Memory, Emily, and the Jack of Hearts
- Don Khan and Truck‐Driving Wives: Dylan’s Fluctuating Lyrics
- Thoughts on “Me and Bobby Mcgee” And the Oral and Literary Traditions
- The Soup that Could Change the World
- Laughing in Tune: R.E.M. and The Post‐Confessional Lyric
- Sweetness Follows: Michael Stipe, John Keats, And the Consolations of Time
- Sweeping up the Jokers: Leonard Cohen’s “The Stranger Song”
- Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen
- Coming Into Your Town: Okkervil River’s “Black”
- Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.’s Josephine and the Contemporary Poetic Sequence
- Not to Oppose Evil: Johnny Cash’s Bad Luck Wind
A Nobel For Dylan?
A Nobel For Dylan?
- (p.169) A Nobel For Dylan?
- The Poetics of American Song Lyrics
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In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel specified that in literature the work must be “the most outstanding...of an idealistic tendency”; and that “during the preceding year” the honoree must “have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Emphasis is placed on outstanding idealism and work that benefits mankind. This chapter examines the criteria used in awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature and argues that Bob Dylan deserves to be a recipient in light of his activism in early 1960s civil rights, antiwar songs, and beyond. It examines the debate on whether a literary prize can be given to a songwriter such as Dylan, and notes that Laureates Rabindranath Tagore and W. B. Yeats have addressed the connections between music and poetry.
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