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“It ain’t the melodies that’re important man, it’s the words”: Dylan’s use of figurative language in The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Highway 61 Revisited
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Det är inte melodierna som är viktiga, det är orden” : Dylans användning av figurativt språk i The Times They Are A-Changin’ och Highway 61 Revisited (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay compares the figurative language of Bob Dylan’s albums The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964) and Highway 61 Revisited (1965), with a focus on how Dylan remained engaged with societal injustices and human rights as he switched from acoustic to fronting a rock ‘n’ roll band. The essay argues that Dylan kept his critical stance on social issues, and that the poet’s usage of figurative language became more expressive and complex in the later album. In the earlier album Dylan’s critique, as seen in his use of figurative language, is presented in a more obvious manner in comparison to Highway 61 Revisited, where the figurative language is more vivid, and with a more embedded critical stance.

Abstract [sv]

Uppsatsen jämför det figurativa språket i Bob Dylans skivor The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964) och Highway 61 Revisited (1965), med ett fokus på hur Dylan fortsatte vara engagerad inom samhällsfrågor och mänskliga rättigheter när han gick över från akustisk solomusik till att leda ett rockband. Uppsatsen argumenterar för att Dylan behöll sin kritiska syn på samhällsfrågor, och att poetens användning av figurativt språk blev mer expressivt och komplext i det senare albumet. I det tidigare albumet är Dylans kritik, som den framstår i hans användning av figurativt språk, presenterad mer direkt i jämförelse med Highway 61 Revisited, där det figurativa språket är mer levande och innehåller en mer förtäckt kritik.

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2016. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Dylan figurative language 1960 critical words human rights societal issues folk music poetry
Keyword [sv]
Dylan figurativt språk 1960 kritisk ord mänskliga rättigheter samhällsproblem folkmusik poesi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41174OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41174DiVA: diva2:915636
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: Swedish (330 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2016-04-05 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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