Did Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

If poets are legitimate winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature award than Dylan certainly qualifies.

Dylan should not be pigeonholed as a song writer. His brilliant body of work is a testament to the great literary contributions that he’s made.

Dylan is a poet.

If a Nobel Prize case had to be made there are many songs or rather, poems written by Dylan that exemplify his poetic gifts.

A few that come to mind:

Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Chimes Of Freedom, Mr. Tambourine Man, Forever Young, I Shall Be Released, Tangled Up in Blue, Every Grain Of Sand, Dark Eyes, Jokerman.

Then there’s the enormous impact his poetry has had on music and the deep influence its had on other artists.

Dylan’s literary achievements are on the same level as those of any novelist or poet that’s ever won the Nobel Prize.

I think that he would definitely be a worthy recipient of the award.

It may not have happened this year but the time has come for Bob Dylan and his art to be recognized by the Nobel committee.

Did Bob Dylan deserve the Nobel Prize for Literature?

The music legend was pegged by many as a favorite to win — but in the end, the harmonica-toting wordsmith lost out to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer

The idea of lyrics-as-literature has been gaining support, and would have received a major boost had Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.

The idea of lyrics-as-literature has been gaining support, and would have received a major boost had Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan? As of late Wednesday night, it looked like that might just be the case, with British gamblers pegging the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as an odds-on favorite to be awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. Alas, the odds-they-were-a-changin’, as the Nobel committee announced early Thursday morning that Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award.

The prospect of Dylan’s winning had many excited with the hope that it would “lend major credibility to the idea of song lyrics as literature.” Others are relieved he didn’t win, dismissing the whole thing as a PR stunt. Should Dylan have been honored?

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