After months of avoiding it like an overdue homework project, earlier this 12 months Bob Dylan lastly gave in and accepted that he had received the Nobel Prize for Literature. After scheduling some tour dates in Sweden so he might say he was just in the neighborhood, Dylan lastly wrote and recorded the speech that’s required to select up his trophy—and the substantial money worth that comes with it—earlier this month, only a week shy of the six-month deadline.
However now, because of some literary detective work from Slate, The Related Press, and others, it seems that the last-minute submission wasn’t the one trick Dylan borrowed from a sophomore chugging Pink Bull the evening earlier than their ultimate paper is due. Apparently, elements of Dylan’s speech bear placing resemblances to comparable passages within the SparkNotes—that’s the net equal of Cliff’s Notes, for these of us who haven’t written a paper within the final decade or so—summary of Moby-Dick.
First, Slate’s Andrea Pitzer noticed quote from Moby-Dick Dylan cited within the lecture was really nearer to a SparkNotes line, altering ”somebody whose trials have led him towards God moderately than bitterness” to “Some males who obtain accidents are led to God, others are led to bitterness.” The AP then found 20 more instances of phrases from the notes that seem in Dylan’s speech—not verbatim, thoughts you, however with a bit of little bit of dressing up within the type of linguistic thrives. “Hurled out of his harpoon boat to his demise” grew to become “thrown out of his boat right into a watery grave,” for instance.
Requested if Dylan would have flunked a English class for utilizing such comparable language, California highschool trainer Joseph Vasquez says sure. For what it’s value, the speech went over like gangbusters with the Swedish Academy, whose spokesperson calls it “lovely” and “rhetorically full.”
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