Bob Dylan’s Themes

For the most part this site contains reviews of Bob Dylan’s songs, but we also publish a range of articles, and these are listed below.

This series relates to themes within Dylan’s work

This page records the articles on Bob’s themes.  There is also an index which lists articles according to the writers that Dylan references in his work.   That index: Poets and Themes with Bob Dylan’s work can be find via this link.

Poets and Themes can also be reached via the link under the picture at the top of each page.

Dylan: Things Have Changed Or Have They?

Bob Dylan’s Other Speech

Frost Fills The Window; Dylan’s Knocking On The Door

Bob Dylan and William Carlos Williams

Bob Dylan And Archibald MacLeish

Charles Swinburne, Wallace Stevens, And The Jack Of Hearts

The Never-Ending Art Of Becoming: Bob Dylan And Paul Verlaine

Bob Dylan And Arthur Rimbaud

Bob Dylan and Rebellion of the Devil

Bob Dylan: Water As A Symbol For Power

The Pain in the Window

Air/Wind Symbolism in the song lyrics of Bob Dylan

Mother Earth And Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Confronts Gothicism In The Ruins Of Your Balcony

Bob Dylan And Gnosticism

The Great White Wonder: Bob Dylan And Robert Graves

It’s Not Dark Yet: Bob Dylan And Existentialism

Bob Dylan: The Property Of Jesus

Eden Is Where You Find It: Frederich Nietzsche, William Blake, And Bob Dylan

Bob The Ripper: Is Your Name Mary?

The Bobby Horror Picture Show

The Line Forms On The Right: Bobby’s Back In Town. Dylan & the Threepenny Opera (part 1)

Part II: The Three Penny Opera: Bob Dylan And WH Auden

The Browning Of The Green Mountain: Bob Dylan Visits Swedenborg

Bob Dylan And Walt Whitman: Writing In The Captain’s Tower

Dylan On Dylan: The Songs Of Bob Dylan And The Poems Of Dylan Thomas

The Land Of Milk And Honey: Bob Dylan And Samuel Coleridge

La Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind: Bob Dylan And Don Quixote

Bob Dylan Has His Blake, And Keats It Too

The Tale Of The Wicked Messenger And The Faithful Servant

Owed To Bobby Allen: A Joan Baez Revelation

“Dylan, the Genius Who Came in From the Cold” . Blonde on Blonde, cold metal, thin gold and Mercury

Deadwood And Deadman: Bob Dylan And Post-Modernism

Time out of Mind: Bob Dylan Paints his Masterpiece

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry: Figurative Language in Blood On The Tracks

Shakespeare’s In The Well With His Pointed Claws And His Bell

Bob Dylan alias the outlaw

The Libel Case Of “Bob Dylan vs Bobbie Gentry” Settles Out Of Court

The Ballad Of Frankly And Joni  (this was previously linked to the wrong article – now corrected.)

Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!

Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme

Macavity Was There: The Untold Dylan Tapes

TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Bob Dylan Fighting In The Captain’s Tower

You Can Be My Dream If I Can Be In Yours: Bob Dylan Meets Dr. Freud

The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism

Time Passes Quickly: Bob Dylan and his eternal fight against time

The Arrows They Are A-Flyin’: Bob Dylan Disguised As Robin Hood

My Ruth’s In The Highlands A-Chaffing The Corn: Dylan’s Idealization of Women.

Bob Dylan Under The Big Top: The Clown Of Thorns

Bob Dylan’s Julius and Ethel: the accuracy of the story is not the point.

Bob Dylan’s Broken Hearts Club: a review of Blood on the Tracks

And some other articles we’ve published…

Dylan and the Wilburys

Dylan was never a writer and singer of protest songs

Dylan’s sense of place

Bob Dylan’s ten greatest opening lines

Dylan as Celebrity

Dylan’s Lyrics about Women – have they evolved?

Reading Dylan as Poetry – It’s not dark yet

Changing of the Guards and the Tarot

How Bob Dylan writes songs: Part 1 – The types of song

How Bob Dylan writes songs: Part 2 – The origins of Dylan’s approach and style

How Dylan writes songs part 3: “”I didn’t think I was doing anything different.”


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All the songs reviewed on this site

The songs in chronological order

Dylan’s opening lines: an index