[lit-ideas] Re: Bob Dylan - A Poet?

  • From: Eric Yost <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 14:03:03 -0400

On the other hand the current Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, is a big Dylan
fan with few qualms about singing the praises of the poetic qualities of
Dylan's work.

Rachmaninoff often attended Art Tatum concerts and praised Tatum's piano playing. Doesn't make Art Tatum a post-romantic or orchestral composer. Instead Tatum is regarded as a great jazz pianist.

But sure, Dylan could fairly be regarded as a poet.

In Soviet Russia, where poetry was much more important than it is in the West, a group of folksinger-bards also gained immense underground popularity.

Read about Bulat Okudzhava. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulat_Okudzhava

He considered himself a poet. So did a lot of text-only poets. Nabokov mentions him in _Ada_.

Yevtushenko wrote of Okudzhava, “popularity came to him when he picked up his guitar and started singing a very simple, and very melodic music to his poems. Soon everyone across the USSR was singing them, students and workers in the communes, and his unofficially published records were circulating in thousands of illegal copies on tapes. Okudzhava – the father of a very immense movement of bards in the USSR, out of which came out such amazing poets as A. Galich, and V. Vysotsky.”

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