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Dylan's Visions of Sin

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Christopher Ricks

Ricks, a professor of humanities at Boston University, allows his own musings about Bob Dylan to go "blowin' in the wind" in this love letter to the enigmatic bard. Focusing on the centrality of the seven deadly sins (pride, anger, lust, envy, sloth, … see full wiki

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Author: Christopher Ricks
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Entertainment
Publisher: Harper Perennial
1 review about Dylan's Visions of Sin

Sin, grace, and Dylan

  • Jun 7, 2008
Rating:
+5
Dylan is a serious literary genius. Ricks views Dylan's lyrics (and songs...Ricks makes the point that songs differ from poetry in that songs are poetry, music AND performance, a factor that often plays in Ricks analysis) through the lens of the seven deadly sings, four cardinal virtues and three heavenly graces.

Ricks is a serious literary critic and approaches Dylan as such. Ricks also loves Dylan's wordplay and plays with words in his analysis much as Dylan does. Pay attention--Ricks' vocabulary and grammar reflects and refracts fragments of Dylan's at almost every turn.

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