Bob Dylan is a poet, no one can doubt that. Of course, he doesn’t write with a well-defined metric structure and well-ordered rhymes, this is true, but I think we all agree that poetry shouldn’t be reduced to some fixed pattern. Not surprisingly, he was chosen as the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature . And anyway, the American singer-songwriter uses many rhetorical devices. A song about civil rights
Take for example the famous “ Blowin ‘in the wind“. We are in 1963: the United States is at war with Vietnam and Bob Dylan writes a song, a poem, about civil rights and the horrors of war. The piece is built on a series of questions, the answers of which, as the title states, fly in the wind. The poet singer seems to be observing everything from above. His is a song about war, but instead of talking about bombs and weapons, he prefers to focus on the victims, who will never be able to forget the pain and violence. Pain and violence which, unfortunately, seem to be extremely topical back on the border between Ukraine and Russia, where the entry of Russian tanks into the Donbass area cost the lives of at least two Ukrainian soldiers, with the Moscow army bombing and used heavy artillery all along the southeastern border.Questions that fly in the wind
Dylan wonders how many roads a man must travel before he can be considered a man, how many beaches a dove must see before he can rest in the sand, and how many times cannonballs have to fly before they are cleared. Between anaphoras, metaphors and parallels, the singer-songwriter makes extensive use of rhetorical figures with the original ability to maintain a calm and calm tone, even if he talks about raw and violent themes, such as death and war. “The answer, my friend”
In the refrain, which follows each of the three stanzas, he addresses the audience (or the reader) calling them “my friend”, and in a fraternal tone he tries to tell him something very simple: everything moves and changes and the only way he can. man to survive and accommodate these changes, which are as unpredictable as the wind. The answers to the questions posed are many and different, but they are words and the words are changeable and fleeting like the wind that we cannot control. There are many, taking for example a single song, the poetic expressions of Bob Dylan’s songs. Perhaps his Nobel win will prompt someone to analyze them more systematically. Meanwhile, we continue to listen to them, as we always have, and to ask ourselves how many bombs will have to fill the sky before wars are over .Blowin’ in the wind
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Yes, and how many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea
And how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky
And how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Previous articleHair 20 years: cuts, colors, products and ideas
Next articleGreen Pass, the Council rejects the appeal of the deputies: “The right to vote is guaranteed by the Chambers”