Oscar-winning singer Bob Dylan has thanked Nobel Prize committee in a personally penned speech for honouring his songs as “literature”. The ceremony, which took place in Stockholm, saw singer Patti Smith honouring Dylan with an emotional rendition of his ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’, reported
“I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize,” Dylan said in his acceptance speech, which was read out by the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji.
The legendary musician, in his speech, cited his literary influences throughout life including “Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus and Hemingway. “These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression.” Dylan revealed that he himself didn’t believe when he got to know about the news that he is getting a Nobel Prize.
“I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it. I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure.“I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was writing literature couldn’t have entered his head. His words were written for the stage. Meant to be spoken not read.” In the end, he thanked the Swedish Academy for giving an answer to all the skeptics’ questions about his validity as a writer.