On the other hand, when you think about it, the only appropriate response seems to be "What took them so long?" After all, he has catalogued our lives and made unique poetry from our chaotic culture for more than fifty years. I can hardly even remember a time when I wasn't listening to that poetry and thinking, "Yes! He got it just right!"
Bob Dylan was and is truly the bard of my generation of Americans. He has spoken for us on so many occasions when it was hard to find our voice and has given us a rallying point for understanding and moving forward in the interesting era in which we live.
He was recognized by the Swedish Academy for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Academy, called Dylan "a great poet in the English-speaking tradition" and compared him to Homer and Sappho whose poetry was also sung. I'd be interested to hear what he has to say about that comparison!
No doubt there will be naysayers who denigrate his accomplishment and the awarding of this honor. There always are. But they will be long forgotten while his lyrics and his music live on and give expression and meaning to our complicated lives.
Well done, Bob, and well-deserved.
|Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate.|