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Thread #142469   Message #3850893
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
17-Apr-17 - 06:18 PM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
its two different views of writing . American and English.

Strangely it was an ex-pat living in America who first pointed out the differences to me - Raymond Chandler. not a songweiter 0 but the same truths obtain.

Chandler realised to het published in detective novels like RGe Black Mask. He had to pare down his writing style. As Chandler put it - you have to stop drawing attention to the language , and tell the story.

In this case Dylan tells his story using language that a ten year old could understand, and it moves along to a jaunting waltz time. What Hemingway calls simple declarative sentences

Rosselsons piece could almost be a soliloquy from one of Shakespeare's more verbose heroes - Richard II for example bewailing his fate. MacColl was a great admirer of Shakespeare - think of the wide and wasteful ocean nicked from Henry V.

Neither approach is 'wrong'. It's allowed.