Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘creating new poetic expressions in American song tradition’
The Nobel academy decided to present 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
The 75-year-old artist is the first songwriter to be honoured with the award and the first American to win since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.
President Obama said the honour was “well-deserved” and expressed his approval on Twitter writing “Congratulations to one of my favourite poets”.
Nobel Prize permanent secretary Sara Danius said: “He is a great poet in the English tradition.” Speaking after the announcement, she compared Dylan to the Ancient Greek poets: “Homer and Sappho – they wrote poetic texts that were meant to be performed with instruments…it’s the same with Bob Dylan.”
The Swedish scholar of literature and aesthetics added that the singer-songwriter was “a great sampler…and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”