Shmoop Analyzes Nobel Prize-Winning Bob Dylan Lyrics as Poetry

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Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Shmoop's analysis reveals the poetry behind his lyrics.

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Bob Dylan's poetry, which was set to music, still gives us insight into the way the world works at a level deeper than where most of us exist.

Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com) is no Swedish Academy. But just as the Academy recognized Bob Dylan on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," Shmoop, too, has long considered Dylan a poetic genius.

Shmoop's analysis of "All Along the Watchtower" is as in-depth as its analysis of any Shakespeare sonnet, Neruda ode, or Dickinson confessional. It includes a line-by-line breakdown, commentary on form and meter, and discussion of symbols, imagery, themes, and more.

As the first winner to be known first and foremost as a musician, Bob Dylan is paving the way for more singer-songwriters to be considered for the prize. Shmoop's section on music may just be the host to the next winner.

"In this world where the word 'great' is so overused, it is gratifying to see deserving pioneers lauded for praise they deserve," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "Bob Dylan's poetry, which was set to music, still gives us insight into the way the world works at a level deeper than where most of us exist. Most people don't realize that the original title of his moniker song was, 'Like A Rolling Shmoop.'"

Those looking to dig deeper into Dylan and the musical culture surrounding his heyday can dig into Shmoop's 1960s History Through Music course. A monthly subscription will get users access to that course along with hundreds of other courses, including Pop Culture Literacy and Introduction to Poetry, both of which feature the newly crowned Nobel winner.

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