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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize is thoroughly deserved

But not because he writes poetry

By John McTernan  

©Alberto Cabello, Vitoria Gasteiz

“Can you cook and sew, make flowers grow Do you understand my pain ? Are you willing to risk it all Or is your love in vain?”

Not a great piece of writing, is it? Banal thoughts, the simplest of rhyme schemes. It’s not exactly poetry. But it is part of the body of work that has earned Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature. Of course, what I have done is unfair. If you recognised the words…

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