Dylan, The Nobel Laureate
"For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition"
Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around itI saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on itI saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’I saw a white ladder all covered with waterI saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all brokenI saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young childrenAnd it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hardAnd it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall
— A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, 1962
Bob Dylan, iconic singer and songwriter, was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature, 2016, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”