“In the 20th century, poetry bifurcated. One group of poets gravitated to the universities…The other group of poets became lyricists and wrote pop songs.”

Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize is a vindication of popular poetry – David Pratt – Daily News – November 4, 2016

In the 20th century, poetry bifurcated. One group of poets gravitated to the universities, which had discovered that they could hire poets-in-residence at sub-union rates, and then that they could attract students to Master of Fine Arts programs in poetry.

…The other group of poets became lyricists and wrote pop songs. They were despised by elitist poets for two reasons. One was that they used rhyme. The other was that they employed regular metre.

Also….What other songwriters should be considered for literature prizes? Check out

Beyond Bob Dylan: authors, poets and musicians pick their favourite songwriter – The Guardian – November 5, 2016

 

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