‘Greatest living poet’ Bob Dylan wins Nobel literature prize

In a first, a songwriter has been awarded Nobel Prize for Literature, and that is none other than the great Bob Dylan. Regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, the decision — that gave a singer-songwriter one of the world’s most prestigious cultural awards — has come as a surprise to many. His songs such as ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, ‘Masters of War’, ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’, ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday, when it awarded the 8 million Swedish crown ($930,000) prize. He has been awarded the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. More than 50 years on, Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour. “He is probably the greatest living poet,” Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said.

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