Absolutely Modern: Dylan, Rimbaud, and Visionary Song


Timothy Hampton, "Absolutely Modern: Dylan, Rimbaud, and Visionary Song", dans Representations, n° 132, automne 2015, pp. 1-29.


Bob Dylan’s turn from “folk music” to “electric music” in the 1960s involves the development of a new visionary poetics. Through a consideration of his affinity with the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud, this essay traces Dylan’s recasting of himself as a visionary and studies the pressures placed by this process on lyric form, on poetic diction, and on the representation of the self in popular music.

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