“...for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In her citation, Sara Danils said that though the choice might seem surprising, “if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/live/2016/oct/13/nobel-prize-in-literature-2016-liveblog A great recognition of one of the great American artists in our history. The best of his lyrics (that includes many of them) are up there within a hair of the best of Whitman and Dickinson, for me, the highest praise I could have. Before even adding in his musical genius.