“The times they are a changing, perhaps,” sang Bob Dylan. Indeed today is a great day for literature, poets, songwriters and musicians. In giving the literature prize to Bob Dylan, the Nobel committee may be recognizing that the gap between high art and more commercial art forms has narrowed: “It’s literature but it’s music, it’s performance, it’s art.” And that’s all that matter.
Bob Dylan created “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition, his lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”
American music legend Bob Dylan is now joining luminaries like William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.