This collection contains Bob Dylan's lyrics, from his first album, Bob Dylan, to 2001's "Love and Theft."
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Whoever wrote the review before mine about Dylan not being a good poet and wanting to know what the experts say I wrote my thesis on him but I'm no one important. See Harvard's Christopher Ricks for your answer....."Ezra Pound and TS Eliot arguing in the captains tower while [brain blip - mermaids and something] laugh at them and calypso girls through flowers." .... "... One was Texas medicine the other was railroad gin and like a fool I mixed them and it scrambled up my mind now people just seem ugly and I have no sense of time....." Then take the simplicity of his most well known like Blowin in the Wind and Mr Tamborine Man, written when was barely twenty. Then see the death of Hattie Carroll and masters of war and don't skip EVERY GRAIN OF SAND. Only bad thing about Ricks book was that I realized before I read it that all along the watchtower was Eliot's j Alfred profrock turned inside out with the women coming going talking of Michelangelo and all the women came and went barefoot servents too but even thou he published it after me and as a sidebar I was proud of my little scholar's mind and disappointed that some Harvard prof knew what I did. But you, my friend, certainly have no merit to judge literature or poetry and I'd be interested on what you were basing your base comments on as you never exhumed the specific songs you spoke of. Or is, in my opinion, one of the best poets of his time (along with Paul Simon which will make you probably cringe but April come she will and leaves that are green - among others - are brilliant. I'm not speaking of the aging Paul but young s&g paul and there goes rhymin Simon Paul as well to a less greater extent). But I'd like to know who is a good lyricist poet in your opinion, reviewer before me whose name I know not. Do you weep upon hearing Scenes from an Italian Restaraunt? Radar Love? What? I personally, also quite like the lyrics of Elliott Smith and the occasional Bruce Springsteen song - ok ok Thunder Road - makes my teary. As do pets Harrison's All Things Must Pass and Connor Oberst is always wonderful. Oh and ICP. Heheh j/k although he eats manopoly and s$&?!s out connect four is truly clever. Kurt Cobain and C Love weren't bad either. or babes in toy land in songs like Handsome Gretal and that whole album. Fontenelle. more
I was hoping to learn a little bit more about Dylan and how he went about his business of writing song lyrics by reading them myself. Much has been said about Bob Dylan "The Poet", but nobody has really said he isn't, until me. Yes, Bobby can rhyme. He can write great lyrics. But he is not a great poet. I am not concerned what the experts have to say on this matter regarding the merits of his poetry. I am telling you, stick to Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, Jack Gilbert, or me, if what you need is an authentic poem. If a good rhyme is all you need, and you want to call that poetry, then I say stick with Dr. Seuss.more