BOB DYLAN THOMAS S ELIOT
Clearly the voices of Dylan Thomas and T S Eliot are part of what Bob Dylan had in his head as he wrote out his songs.
But clearly he neither had their skill or finesse
– but also he had a strength – at least at the time – that made his words stick in the memory of millions of people – far more than ever heard a poem by the other two in their mind.
What was this strength?
It was not just the range of POP culture.
It was a force that could make half poems good.
Yes there were themes – being a loner on his own and the test of that reality – whether true or not.
A gay woman anthropologist friend of mine once dismissed him as consumed by an oedipus complex.
“It’s alright Ma.”
The anger towards spoiled women.
Pretty boy with rouge – ambiguous but not gay
And that wonderful harmonica !
What was the strength. Partly the ability to believe in his poems.
One can say it was the times – people needed to hear a message that he was there to deliver.
Surely these were not folk songs.
Yet what was the message – the message not
just the first message of Blowing in the Wind –
but the message of Rolling Stone –
surely a mean song.
What was that message?
That the structure on which middle class lives were built was/is a fiction – we need to base ourselves on something more.
Is that poetry.
What is the poetry – for it is poetry.
Subterranean It’s all right.
How does it feel.
Lay lady. The answer. Just like a woman. Breaks.
Stranded. Deny it. Desolation Row. Homesick. Blue.How? How?