a hard rain's a gonna fall - Bob DylaN
"Bob Dylan once wrote a song…. that consisted entirely, he said, of the first lines of songs he thought he would never have time to write"
Dylan. What to say? He’s said it all. not as poetry. but as prophecy. The irony of Dylan being institutionalised in the pantheon of the Nobel Prize winners was not lost on him. In fact, it is interesting to actually revisit this discussion in the light of the controversy surrounding the academy’s decision to award the Nobel prize in Literature to Peter Handke.
Dylan actually answered the question of how his writing related to the question of “literature” in his nobel speech (recording sent to the academy only a few days before the deadline of six months from the ceremony). On the question of ‘meaning’ and trying to understand or relate to his poetry - this is what Dylan has to say...
"So what does it all mean? Myself and a lot of other songwriters have been influenced by these very same themes. And they can mean a lot of different things. If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important. I don’t have to know what a song means. I’ve written all kinds of things into my songs. And I’m not going to worry about it – what it all means.” From Bob dylan’s Nobel Lecture
We’re living in ‘interesting times’ and Dylan’s song is truth distilled. a hard rain's a gonna fall... .
"After a while you become aware of nothing but a culture of feeling, of black days, of schism, evil for evil, the common destiny of the human being getting thrown off course. It’s all one long funeral song.” - Dylan, on a hard rain's a gonna fall, in his memoirs.