Writer Timothy Hampton, a leading scholar on the history of poetry, presents his book "Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work." Hampton offers a unique examination of both the poetics and politics of Bob Dylan's compositions. Presented in conjunction with our special exhibit Bob Dylan: Electric. Books will be sold and signed at the event.
Focusing on the interplay of music and lyric, Hampton traces Dylan's innovative use of musical form, his complex manipulation of poetic diction, and his dialogues with other artists, from Woody Guthrie to Arthur Rimbaud. Moving from Dylan's earliest experiments with the blues through his mastery of rock and country to his densely allusive more recent recordings, Hampton offers a detailed account of Dylan's achievement.