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Brķan Happy 65th Bob Dylan (39) RE: Happy 65th Bob Dylan 28 May 06


What I find compelling about Dylan's work is the richness of imagery and variety of intellectual sources that he is infusing his work. There is certaintly plenty of references to the Old and New Testament that would make a superficial reading of the song as a statement of religious belief. Dylan is much too elusive and mature in his writing at this point in his career to stop there. Images of the two men smoking on the platform waiting for Spring to come and the untrodden road call to mind Woody Guthries's rendition of POOR BOY and Robert Frost's Road Less Traveledwithout mentioning Frost, Guthrie, the poem, the song or its melody. The song descibes a soul tormented, looking for relief, constantly seeking yet never finding, alienated from society, looking to Literature, Poetry, Philosophy and still flying by the seat of one's pants, never fully trusting one source. Religion offers salvation. By his own account, he has never arrived there, although he feels he has the capacity to save, or at least comfort others.   

Brķan


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