Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In Dylan’s June, 2017 Nobel Lecture, he talks about his experience of reading great books and how their literary themes recur throughout songs and life.
Dylan’s lecture should be listened to. His signature vocal style and poetic phrasing is there. You almost forget he is not singing.
Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Audio) | Bob Dylan VEVO
“A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall is a song written by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1962. It was first recorded in Columbia Records’ Studio A on December 6, 1962, for his second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The lyrical structure is based on the question and answer form of traditional ballads such as Lord Randall. Dylan has stated that all of the lyrics were taken from the initial lines of songs that ‘he thought he would never have time to write.’… ~ Wikipedia
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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture