Receiving a Nobel Prize is an honour that many work their entire lives for. The rules and boundaries of who the award goes to has been very traditional since the beginning. However, the recent awardee of the Nobel Prize in Literature was probably not someone you expected.
It has been debated on for quite a while whether song lyrics qualify as literature. Some song lyrics are no different than poetry and despite being commercial, they can be informative and educational as well. The Nobel committee this year, made the unexpected decision of awarding Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize in Literature. They believe that unlike other songs, Dylan’s work can be read off a paper without any music or vocals and still remain interesting.
Although everyone is happy for the 75 year old singer and songwriter, this has created quite a stir amongst writers and artists. Many have taken to twitter to express their confusion as well as heartfelt congratulations over this subject.
I’m happy for Bob Dylan. #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?
— Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan winning a Nobel in Literature is like Mrs Fields being awarded 3 Michelin stars. This is almost as silly as Winston Churchill.
— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) October 13, 2016
From Orpheus to Faiz,song & poetry have been closely linked. Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition.Great choice. #Nobel
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 13, 2016
I am ecstatic that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel. A great and good thing in a season of sleaze and sadness.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 13, 2016
Whether Bob Dylan being awarded the prize was justified or not, one thing is for sure, he deserved it. With amazing songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin”, he has not only put his views forward but made simple language seem like poetry. He is the first musician to receive this honour and I truly hope people continue to recognise and acknowledge real talent.
“How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone” – Bob Dylan
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