Pulitzer Prize winner. Now Nobel Laureate. Compared to Homer and Sappho. 75 years old and still concerting across the globe. No generation wears a uniform. Dylan has used words to enlighten, enlist and entertain. Nearly the same age, Donald Trump uses words to badger, bully, bullshit and belittle. No future generation will sing the songs of Trump. Dylan may remain the most repeated, quoted, revered American writer of any age.
“Love Minus Zero/No Limit”
“My love she speaks like silence,
Without ideals of violence,
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful,
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire,
People carry roses,
Make promises by the hours,
My love she laughs like the flowers,
Valentines can’t buy her…
“The bridge at midnight trembles,
The country doctor rambles,
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection,
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring.
The wind howls like a hammer,
The night blows cold and rainy,
My love she’s like some raven
At my window with a broken wing.”
One Dylan link.
Not many birdy images in Dylan’s work, but many that resonate across time and canyons.