[lbo-talk] MoDo on Dylan

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Mon Apr 11 08:43:16 PDT 2011

On Apr 11, 2011, at 10:39 AM, Dennis Claxton wrote:

> At 03:42 AM 4/11/2011, Dissenting Wren wrote:
>> And Finnegan's Wake. Who the fuck can make any sense out of that?
Joseph Campbell ("A Skeleton Key...") certainly demonstrated that it "made sense."

> No one apparently. That's why nobody reads it.

Joyce said "It took me twenty years to write. Why complain that it takes you one to read?" Actually, it's best read *aloud*, especially with brogue. Like Dylan's post-folk pre-accident lyrics, it ranks among the best oral poetry in the English language.

>> When the lyrics made no damned sense (say, Subterranean Homesick
>> Blues), they weren't supposed to.
> So what were they supposed to do?

Make *poetic* sense. Did he have to spell out the name of the "cloakroom gambler" or give a footnote informing later generations that the New Frontier was inaugurated in '61? What do you think the "Babe" is that asks for closure of mind and heart and protection and defense whether right or wrong? Shane Mage

"L'après-vie, c'est une auberge espagnole. L'on n'y trouve que ce qu'on a apporté."

Bardo Thodol

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