Critical Analysis of Blues Ballads

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Bob Dylan Blues Ballads: Critical Analysis Jonathan Rose Modern American Poetry 11/22/07
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Bob Dylan and His Self Created Persona come to life in Blues Ballads Ch. 1 The Man and the Persona Through his blues ballads and other songs Bob Dylan presented a picture of the changing times by taking on a persona that was objective to the current events of the changing times. By creating this persona, the man Dylan works as a separate entity from his work and his lyrics and songs stand-alone. These stand-alone lyrics jump out at you and call for a closer look of the picture that is being presented. A poem or a song is an expression that is truly unassailable and it describes something that cannot be put into any other words any other type of way. Poetry and lyrics are completely ubiquitous while at the same time being contagious, and at times hilarious and holy for what they represent at the same time. Joy channeling irony makes for an entertaining dirge about what is going on around, what’s happening right now. Lyrics that narrate something will point out impoverished, poor, low people and memorialize the events that have transpired to put those people in their place in the world (Strand 63, 64). Why be a poet of a region when you can be a voice for the world of the world? Dylan the consummate artist delivered prophetic visions with poetic imagery. The poetic images he created through his at many times spontaneous lyrics such as Talkin’ World War Three Blues that was said to be done as an impromptu in the studio after a day of working on another song. He could create a blues ballad on the fly and in that spontaneous song the times and the changes could be found riding right along with his guitar strumming. This delivery process caused live performances of the blues ballads in question to sound better live. His delivery was part of the process like Saul Williams the
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process and entertaining delivery made for new images to be evoked through the new words or stresses that Dylan brought to every different show. New strong feelings were conjured up and Dylan’s mind that thought up new diction and a separate syntax with new stresses on the fly in seconds created an art that was not pre-made, but ready to be consumed none the less. Dylan created a persona from the start of his career. The persona that was ever changing was indefinable, a rockstar who philosophizes or a song and dance man who was called a poet, or a music man that impacted the social consciousness of a generation. This man didn’t want to be called a poet, philosopher or poet. He wanted to be and present the work he had for the people as an artist. He did not want to be defined. His persona would not allow it. “You don’t necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGL 4340 taught by Professor Alaimo during the Spring '08 term at UT Arlington.

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