[lit-ideas] Visions of Dylan

  • From: Jack Spratt <dosflounder@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 11:46:49 -0700 (PDT)

I am reading a book by Christopher Ricks ?Dylan?s Visions of Sin? in which the 
author, a recognized literary scholar, claims that Dylan?s songs/poems should 
be considered with the same amount of seriousness as other poets in the 
pantheon of literature. If there are any members of this list that teach or 
have a more sophisticated background in literature than the Spratt I would 
appreciate their opinion on this. Are Dylan?s poems studied in any literature 
class along with T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, or is he just considered a bard? I 
see him on a continuum from Whitman to Poe to Kerouac to Ginsberg, but never 
considered him in the same group as Marlow (Faustus / Dr. Filth) or Swinburne 
(Dolores / Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands) until now. What do you think about 
the former Blind Boy Grunt??
  Yippee! I?m a poet, and I know it
  Hope I don?t blow it
  (I Shall Be Free No. 10)


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