Is Bob Dylan's work Literature?

United States
October 16, 2016 10:00am CST
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature just a few days ago. My American Literature professor enjoys his work and he referred to him and his songs several times now in class. She asked us this questions at the beginning of the class along with the questions "What is Literature?" and now at the end of the semester she asked us it again. She wants us to pick a song or some lyrics from a song and write a paragraph or two on if we think it is literature or not. So I pulled up some of his songs this morning and I can say that I don't particularly care for his songs. I found it hard to understand what he was saying. If it wasn't for the lyrics at the bottom of the screen I would have had no idea what was going on. Now it might just be the songs I randomly picked to listen to but it all just sounded like mumbling to me. Now just because people don't like his music does it mean that it isn't literature? Or is it? What makes a piece of work literature for you? Why do you consider it to be literature? Do you include paintings and computer design, etc. to be literature or just books, poems, songs etc. to be literature?
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@topffer (36646)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 Oct 16
Poetry is part of literature, but there are good and bad literature. I am not sure that Dylan was deserving a Nobel prize, but some of his lyrics are not bad. Maybe you did not listened to the good ones ?
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• United States
16 Oct 16
I listened to a lot to find a song for the thing I'm supoosed to write and I just don't see him as that good. I mean yes he is a lot better than some others out there but he isn't the best.
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@topffer (36646)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 Oct 16
@CaseyRoss9966 For me his music is better than his lyrics, and I agree that there were better lyricists than him for a Nobel prize, like Leonard Cohen.