Michael Gray’s analysis of Dylan’s lyrics being a contrast between hackneyed expressions and “beautifully done” are exemplified in the song “Just Like a Woman.” Dylan’s lyrics “she aches just like a woman but she breaks just like a little girl” is given the harsh description of “maudlin platitude” and deemed to be a “non-statement.” If Dylan’s lyrics cannot uphold against meaningful music of the same category, how can they be expected to stand against literature written for a different field. John Lennon had his own critiques of Dylan’s works, calling out how the abstract nature of his lyrics, having loose definition, never achieved an actual point. Lennon’s definition of “poetry” referred to “stick[ing] a few images together” and “thread[ing] them” in order to create something meaningful. It once again boils down to the fact that Dylan’s music that was written and intended to be received as a live performance. The acknowledgement that “…you have to hear Dylan doing it” is a recognition of his composition’s failure to come across as a normal literary work. It’s all part of a “good game.” This in itself should disqualify Dylan as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize.
In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance was a period where African American cultures, social club, and art evolved after World War I to describe the society of blacks (PBS). Many African Americans such as authors, artists, musicians, and poets fled the South to escape persecution and discrimination from the whites (PBS). They expressed racial pride, African American society in the 1920s, and economic hardships in many of their works in poetry, music, literature, and art (Digital History). One of the famous musicians during the Harlem Renaissance was Louis Armstrong because he is known to create a style of music known as jazz.
The life of Joan Baez starts in Staten Island, New York City, NY. She was born on January 9, 1941. Baez was part Mexican and Scottish and thus no stranger to racism. Bob Dylan’s story begins in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24th, 1941. However, Dylan’s real name was Robert Allen Zimmerman. Dylan and Baez were both Folk singers and rose to stardom in their respective ways. Baez started her musical career as a vocalist in the Folk genre and was an integral part in keeping the genre alive in the 1960’s. Because of the discrimination and racism that Baez faced growing up, a lot of her songs were devoted to social and political reform. Not only a singer and songwriter, Baez was well known as a social activist. Dylan, also a folk singer and songwriter
One artist that was extremely influential in the time of crisis was Bob Dylan. He was born on May 24, 1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman. When he began to perform in college, he adopted the stage name that he is known for today, Bob Dylan. He got his last name from the poet Dylan Thomas, who was one of his major motivations along with Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. He wrote songs about real occurrences like his song, “Hurricane” which was about the renowned African American boxer Rubin Carter, who was wrongly accused of murder even though he was all the way across town at the time the murder took place. Throughout his musical career, he was awarded an abundance of awards for his lyrics and song writing that inspired and moved many struggling people all across the troubled country.
Buddy Holly was a pioneer in rock and roll and an inspiration to many. The impact he made on the music industry and on his fans will last for years to come. Forever young, Buddy Holly’s impact on his fans is stronger than ever.
“The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind.” These famous lyrics are what gave the Civil Rights Movement support through a music stand point. Bob Dylan helped with the progression of the civil rights movements through many different ways. He wrote songs about deaths of public figures and strikes during the civil rights movement, and he stood as a public figure in support of it.
After trying to essentially find his new self after the accident, Dylan amended his religious views and converted to Christianity. He took three months of in a discipleship course and shortly following this transformation, Dylan released an album titled Slow Train Coming. In this album, he expresses his new, strong faith and stresses the importance of Christian teachings. This new change did not settle well for the die-hard fans of Dylan. Wanting him to retreat back to his “old-self,” fans would rebel against Dylan and not attend his concerts or play his music. Looking at his song Gotta Serve Somebody from this album, Dylan was alienating his non-Christian followers. He continually mentions that no matter who you are, you are going to have to serve somebody at some point. Not only did fans dislike this new form of Dylan, but celebrities too disapproved. John Lennon released a single that he recorded alone titled Serve Yourself in response to Dylan’s song. This just shows the massive influence that Bob Dylan had on not only this nation but on the world as a whole; if the person who was debatably the most influential person in the world was impacted by Dylan, this meant that Dylan had an impact on almost anybody across the
Throughout the course of history there has been many remarkable people that have created an impact on the world. But what is hero? Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or lots of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a ripple of hope.” Meaning a true hero is someone who can stand up for an idea, or can help eliminate the unfair treatment in which the rights of a person are ignored; and everytime gives people the faith that everything is going to be okay after all. John Lennon is a good example of a hero based on Robert F. Kennedy's description of a hero. John lennon is a hero because he peacefully fought against war through his fame and music, promoting peace and inspiring many people.
William Blake is remembered by his poetry, engravements, printmaking, and paintings. He was born in Soho, London, Great Britain on November 28, 1757. William was the third of seven siblings, which two of them died from infancy. As a kid he didn’t attend school, instead he was homeschooled by his mother. His mother thought him to read and write. As a little boy he was always different. Most kids of his age were going to school, hanging out with friends, or just simply playing. While William was getting visions of unusual things. At the age of four he had a vision of god and when he was nine he had another vision of angles on trees.
Dylan Thomas once stated, "Somebody's boring me. I think it's me." This clever poet clearly knew how to entertain and amuse his audience with words. Dylan Marlais Thomas, a poet from 1914-1953, preferred a much more romantic, even comical genre of poetry. This writing style differed greatly from the popular poets of his day. However, the life of Dylan Thomas WAS not one of all fame and ease. Dylan fell into many a hard time, and sadly, turned to alcohol as a remedy. Thomas' choices both positively and negatively affected his writing style and future.
Bob Dylan is a man that needs no introduction, He was a poet with a guitar who brought poetic interest back to the younger generations. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24th 1941, no one saw him coming. Dylan started his music career upon dropping out of college and moving to New York, After reading his musical icon, Woody Guthrie's partially fictionalized autobiography, “Bound for Glory”, where he changed his name and began performing in Greenwich emulating his idol. He was given a 5 year contract by Columbia Records in 1961 and Bob Dylan released his first album in 1962 which consisted of mostly cover songs and only two original works. This was just the beginning of the rolling stone that is Bob Dylan, and how he forever changed and left such an influential impact on popular music.
Bob Dylan was considered one of the greatest influences on popular culture of all time, and though influential, Bob Dylan’s rise to idol status in popular culture was more brought about by historical factors, his life was affected by many historical events including, The Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassination and the civil rights movement, to name a few. His songs became known as protest songs, despite Bob Dylan’s apparent lack of understanding for the meanings the public attached to his writing.
As a child Dylan was comfortable being the center of attention, often writing creative poetry for his mother and on occasion singing. Dylan had no formal music lessons, but none the less he began to compose. Later at age 14, he took up the guitar and shortly after formed a band, one of many he played the guitar in. Always plunging ahead, performing to his up most potentional, Dylan absorbed his surroundings as a source of inspiration. Even during his early efforts Dylan responded very positivly to mainstream musicians, such as country star Hank Williams. Yet, he responded especially well to early rock stars such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. In the summer of 1959, after graduation Dylan began to work at a cafe, where he began to pay increasing attention to folksingers such as Judy Collins and Jesse Fuller. Finding an instant connection with their songs, songs relevant to social issues. Dylan was drawn into both the musical style and the social message of these indivisuals.
Regarded as the "unofficial poet laureate of the United States," Robert Frost was a prolific and dedicated writer. Throughout his life, he penned dozens of works that all accredited to his popularity. Robert Frost is arguably America's greatest poet, among many other honorable titles. Although he is no longer living, his works live on in the minds and hearts of those he inspired. The many trials of his early life, his extensive writing career, and leading contributions proclaim the adeptness of Frost and his oeuvre.