Poets and themes within Bob Dylan’s work

This page is an index to some of our articles that relate Dylan’s work to other writers, and to specific themes.

Auden WH.  The Three Penny Opera: Bob Dylan And WH Auden.   See also Billy, Mistress Mary, And The Queen Of Hues: The Mystery Of W.H., Solved!

Bertolt Brecht  & Kurt Weill    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 Also Things have changed or have they?

Blake, William.  Eden Is Where You Find It: Frederich Nietzsche, William Blake, And Bob Dylan  Also Bob Dylan Has His Blake, And Keats It Too    Also Blake, Keats, And Spots Of Ink: Spinning Reels Of Rhyme

Robert Browning: The Browning Of The Green Mountain

Robert Burns: Bob Dylan And William Carlos Williams

Cervantes, Miguel dLa Mancha Is Blowing In The Wind: Bob Dylan And Don Quixote

Coleridge, Samuel.  The Land Of Milk And Honey: Bob Dylan And Samuel Coleridge and Bob Dylan’s Confronts Gothicism

Emily Dickinson: My Ruth’s In The Highlands

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

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

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

Allen Ginsberg: Rebellion Of The Devil

Graves, Roberts.  The Great White Wonder: Bob Dylan And Robert Graves

Hughes, Langston.  Bob Dylan And Walt Whitman: Writing In The Captain’s Tower

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

MacLeish, Archibald  Bob Dylan And Archibald MacLeish

Pound, Ezra.  TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Bob Dylan Fighting In The Captain’s Tower Also  Eden Is Where You Find It (also Edmund Spenser and William Blake)

Rimbaud, Arthur. Bob Dylan And Arthur Rimbaud

Sandburg, Carl   Bob Dylan And Carl Sandburg and 

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

Stevens, Wallace.  Charles Swinburne, Wallace Stevens, And The Jack Of Hearts

Spenser, Edmund  Eden is where you find it.

Swedenborg Emanuel  The Browning Of The Green Mountain: Bob Dylan Visits Swedenborg

Swinburne, Charles Charles Swinburne, Wallace Stevens, And The Jack Of Hearts

Lord Tennyson: Property Of Jesus (and in

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

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

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

John Whittier : Dylan’s Other Speech

Williams, William Carlos Bob Dylan and William Carlos Williams

Wordsworth, William My Ruth’s In The Highlands

And in terms of movements and themes

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

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

The Circus: Bob Dylan Under The Big Top: The Clown Of Thorns

Post-modernism: Deadwood And Deadman: Bob Dylan And Post-Modernism

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

Symbolism.  The Ghosts Of Electricity: Bob Dylan And Symbolism

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

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


What is on the site

1: Over 400 reviews of Dylan songs.  There is an index to these in alphabetical order below on this page, and an index to the songs in the order they were written in the Chronology Pages.  Also a list of the most read articles on this site.

2: The Chronology.  We’ve taken all the songs we can find recordings of and put them in the order they were written (as far as possible) not in the order they appeared on albums.  The chronology is more or less complete and is now linked to all the reviews on the site.  We have also recently started to produce overviews of Dylan’s work year by year.     The index to the chronologies is here.

3: Bob Dylan’s themes.  We publish a wide range of articles about Bob Dylan and his compositions.  There is an index here.

4:   The Discussion Group    We now have a discussion group “Untold Dylan” on Facebook.  Just type the phrase “Untold Dylan” in, on your Facebook page or follow this link 

5:  Bob Dylan’s creativity.   We’re fascinated in taking the study of Dylan’s creative approach further.  The index is in Dylan’s Creativity.

6: You might also like: A classification of Bob Dylan’s songs and partial Index to Dylan’s Best Opening Lines

And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews.