Weekly Tea Discussion:Can Song Lyrics Be Considered as Literature?

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This past week, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Bob Dylan is in company with other famous laureates such as T.S. Eliot, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Toni Morrison, and Samuel Beckett.

Before I start, I would like to say I am not in any way criticizing Bob Dylan or his music. I am not an avid listener of his music so I don’t think I have the right to say anything good or bad about his songs. That being said, I was shocked and a little surprise that Dylan was given this Nobel Prize, above all things, for literature. But then I thought about it more and although it was different, it was interesting and an honor that songs were given such a prestigious award. But this unique situation has brought me to this week’s discussion question: should song lyrics considered to be forms of literature?

In my opinion, yes, but it can lead to a dangerous precedent.

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