Dylan’s Controversial Nobel


The Nobel Prize in Literature went to Bob Dylan this year, sparking debate around the songwriter’s legacy and whether song lyrics should be considered poetry. Those in the pro camp attribute the win to the persistent singularity of Dylan’s songwriting, in combination with the depth of material he drew from. Writer Irvine Welsh, on the other hand, asks why one art form is being judged as another:

“If you’re a ‘music’ fan, look it up in the dictionary. Then ‘literature.’ Then compare and contrast,” tweeted acclaimed author Irvine Welsh, who said he was a Dylan fan. “Have they inducted Don De Lillo into the Rock n Roll hall of fame alongside Def Leppard and Slayer yet?”

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →