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.

Bob Dylan and Canada


Recent articles

Articles related to Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.

The following articles have recently appeared and will be indexed shortly with their links.

Bob Dylan And Gnosticism (Part II): Johnannine Visions

Bob Dylan and Allegory (Part II)

Bob Dylan and The Allegory

The Ballad of Frankie and Bobby: Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.

Bob Dylan And The Heart Of Darkness

Bob Dylan And Lucien Ducasse: Maldoror

Is Bob Dylan Good Or Bad?

F. Scott Fitzgerald And Bob Dylan: The Great Gatsby

Source Of Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts Part I

Source Of Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts Part II

Is It Luck Or Is It God? Bob Dylan’s trials and tribulations of human existence

Bob Dylan: Fire And Desire: Love And Sex

Dylan’s Tell Ol’ Bill: Roots In Blues Ballads, Rhymes From The Romantic Poets

Listen To The Dylanesque Whistle Blowing

When the deal goes down by Bob Dylan. A religious tract or rumination on death?

Dylan’s “Tempest”; the Beggar’s Banquet; the Threepenny Opera and “The Tempest”

Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot Of Gall

Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot Of Gall: The Four Humours (Part II)

Bob Dylan And Literary Allusions

Bob Dylan And Literary Allusions – part 2

Dylan: Things Have Changed Or Have They?

Bob Dylan’s Other Speech

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)

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.)

Macavity Was There: The Untold Dylan Tapes

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