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Dylan and Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1286  Wednesday, 16 June 2004

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Jun 2004 08:48:10 +0000
        Subj:   Blood on the texts.

[2]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Jun 2004 11:45:13 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1264 Dylan and Shakespeare


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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Jun 2004 08:48:10 +0000
Subject:        Blood on the texts.

Re. 15.1264

Proffesor Rick is no slouch when it comes to poetry be it by Dylan or
anyone else. However the linkages to be found in his Dylan's Visions of
Sin (which was published in 2003) between Bobby and Willy are terribly
contrived it has to be said. (There are references to twelve plays and
two sonnets as far as I can make out - doubtless I'll be corrected on
that statistic!)

The factual stuff in this area sometimes lies in the domain of footnotes
or quotes about third parties fouth removed.

This book is dense and complex. One for devotees of Zimmerman (not
Shakespeare) unless you have twenty five pounds (? 40 dollars) and three
months reading time to spare! A definite essential piece of work about
Dylan though. I recommend it on that basis.

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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Jun 2004 11:45:13 +0000
Subject: 15.1264 Dylan and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1264 Dylan and Shakespeare

Dear All,

Ricks is a great (if freely associating) critic. Tis a great book about
the work of a great man. Americans should be proud to have the best
living poet of our time (compare, for example, the poor old UK with our
limp Andrew Motion, or the pitiful 'spoken word' / 'performance' poets
of the fringe circuits or worse still the Ikea-brand riffing of the
current middle class pop b(l)and singers like Chris Martin etc).

Yours atavistically

Marcus D.

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