Freitag, 21. Oktober 2016

#MyDailyDylan (8): Dylan, Schopenhauer & the Vice President

Poetry does not have to be grandiloquent. Only wanna-be-poets use  pompous, overblown words without necessity. Poetry can be laconic and still be great.
Some people (including Dylan) might think that Dylan’s song Clothes Lines Saga is just a parody of Ode to Billy Joe, an almost forgotten song about someone who jumped of a bridge. But, to quote Roland Barthes/Nietzsche, the author is dead, in other words: who cares, what the author thinks, it’s all about the text and the reader (Freud would agree).
According to the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer one should use ordinary or common words to say extraordinary things.  Here is a Schopenhauer-ian verse from Dylan’s Clothes Line Saga. Everybody is out in the garden, to check if the clothes on the line are dry. The dogs are barking (standard blues element), nothing special happens until a neighbor is passing by:

 “Have you heard the news?” he said, with a grin
“The Vice-President’s gone mad!”
“Where?” “Downtown.” “When?” “Last night”
“Hmm, say, that’s too bad!”
“Well, there’s nothin’ we can do about it,” said the neighbor
“It’s just somethin’ we’re gonna have to forget”


B. Dylan, Clothes Line Saga (The Basement Tapes)

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