Bob Dylan on stage.
Bob Dylan on stage.

"Poetry for the ear": Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize

MUSIC legend Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first singer-songwriter in history to win the prestigious award.

The honour was bestowed upon the 75-year-old for as "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

His win was a ground breaking choice by the Nobel committee, as he is the first literature laureate to be chosen whose career has primarily been as a musician.

In a televised interview after making the announcement, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius said: "Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear… But it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry."

She added: "If you look back, far back, you discover Homer and Sappho, and they wrote poetic texts that were meant to be listened to. They were meant to be performed.

"It's the same way with Bob Dylan. But we still read Homer and Sappho.

"He can be read and should be read. He is a great poet in the grand English tradition. I know the music, and I've started to appreciate him much more now. Today, I'm a lover of Bob Dylan.

Dylan has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades, with much of his most celebrated work from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest.

Many of his hit songs early in his career, Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.

Dylan will receive an 18-karat gold medal and $1.2 million in prizemoney.


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