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Bob Dylan's Poetics

How the Songs Work

Timothy Hampton

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A career-spanning account of the artistry and politics of Bob Dylan’s songwriting

Bob Dylan’s reception of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature has elevated him beyond the world of popular music, establishing him as a major modern artist. However, until now, no study of his career has focused on the details and nuances of the songs, showing how they work as artistic statements designed to create meaning and elicit emotion. Bob Dylan’s Poetics: How the Songs Work is the first comprehensive book on both the poetics and politics of Dylan’s compositions. It studies Dylan, not as a pop hero, but as an artist, as a maker of songs. Focusing on the interplay of music and lyric, it traces Dylan’s innovative use of musical form, his complex manipulation of poetic diction, and his dialogues with other artists, from Woody Guthrie to Arthur Rimbaud. Moving from Dylan’s earliest experiments with the blues, through his mastery of rock and country, up to his densely allusive recent recordings, Timothy Hampton offers a detailed account of Dylan’s achievement. Locating Dylan in the long history of artistic modernism, the book studies the relationship between form, genre, and the political and social themes that crisscross Dylan’s work. Bob Dylan’s Poetics: How the Songs Work offers both a nuanced engagement with the work of a major artist and a meditation on the contribution of song at times of political and social change.

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Sonnet sequence, Slow Train Coming, V., Renaldo and Clara, Like a Rolling Stone, Recent Songs, Refrain, Aesthetic Theory, Frank Sinatra, No Direction Home, All the Tired Horses, Stanza, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Other Hand, Desolation Row, Disenchantment, Song and Dance Man, Tristia, Ballad of a Thin Man, Nashville Skyline, Allen Ginsberg, A Season in Hell, Huckleberry Finn, The Other Song, Petrarch, The Kingston Trio, For Example, The Byrds, Poetry, Tombstone Blues, Beatnik, New Thought, Folk music, This Song, Blood on the Tracks, Pirate Jenny, Lily of the West, This Is the Moment, Union Maid, She Belongs to Me, Melodrama, Only a Pawn in Their Game, Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan, Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, Jim Morrison, Beautiful Song, Modernism, Jimmy Van Heusen, Mexico City Blues, Counterculture, In Parenthesis, Invisible Republic, Tell Me, Momma, Songwriter, Dave Van Ronk, Kurt Weill, Delmore Schwartz, A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall, Joni Mitchell, Parody, Greil Marcus, Hokum, Internal rhyme, Mutability (poem), Jack Kerouac, The Individualist, Visions of Johanna, Evocation, F. Scott Fitzgerald, When the Ship Comes In, Clinton Heylin, Townes Van Zandt, Crooner, Picaresque novel, My Ship, Ricky Nelson, Spanish Harlem Incident, Syncopation, Daisy Buchanan, Simile, Leonard Cohen, Jim Backus, Tangled Up in Blue, Arthur Rimbaud, Scarborough Fair (ballad), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Garfunkel, Nelly Sachs, On the Road, Your Face, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Guitar, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Sam Shepard, Theodor W. Adorno, Charles Baudelaire, Singer-songwriter