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‘I is somebody else’: Bob Dylan/Arthur Rimbaud

Issue: Vol 8 No. 2 (2013)

Journal: Popular Music History

Subject Areas: Popular Music

DOI: 10.1558/pomh.v8i2.169


This article examines Dylan’s relations with Arthur Rimbaud and with avant-garde poets contemporary to Dylan through the influence of Rimbaud. It will relate Dylan’s ‘indeterminacy’ to an indeterminacy that Marjorie Perloff locates in a twentieth century avant-garde poetics whose key influence is Rimbaud. The article also argues for an engagement with the myth of Rimbaud as an invigorating and vital component of Rimbaud’s influence on both Dylan and Ginsberg, far from the superficial engagement Perloff and most Rimbaud critics see it to be.

Author: Kat Peddie

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