On October 13, 2016, The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
To read more about this Nobel Prize winner, visit this page: www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2016/bio-bibl.html.
After the announcement was made, Sara Danius — Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy — was interviewed by journalist Sven Hugo Persson. Watch this video interview to see what she had to say about this songwriter as poet, and lyrics as literature.
“He can be read and should be read, and is a great poet in the English tradition… in the grand English poetic tradition.”
She also recommends starting by reading lyrics from Blonde on Blonde, a Dylan album released in 1966. This Blonde on Blonde Wikipedia page includes information on the album contents, with links to more song information.
Bob Dylan’s official website is bobdylan.com.
To see more about the Nobel Prize and award categories, visit www.nobelprize.org.