Dylan's Visions of Sin by Christopher Ricks

By Christopher Ricks

'I think of myself a poet first and a musician second' 'It ain't the melodies that're very important guy, it's the words' there isn't any scarcity of books approximately Bob Dylan. This one, although, is exclusive in its procedure and the virtuosity of its execution. Ricks examines Dylan's songs in the course of the biblical ideas of the seven lethal Sins, the 4 cardinal Virtues and the 3 Heavenly Graces. He does so with what one critic has defined as 'an eventually impossible to resist blend of laser-like intelligence with a fan's exuberant idolatry'.

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Literary Awards
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2010)

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Afterwards, he left the forest to live among men and women, but he found only mistrust, wrath, and animosity: he sought happiness in the world but found only grief; indeed, misfortune follows in his wake, and his life has been truly “Wehwalt” (Woeful). Sieglinde indicates a warm empathy toward the stranger’s tortured life, but Hunding interprets his sad fate as the Will of the Norns, the weavers of human destiny who obviously had little love for him. Sieglinde inquires why the stranger is now weaponless and seeking refuge.

Loge, however, remains contemptuous, claiming that their accusations against him are merely subterfuges for their own gross duplicity. Loge then proceeds to relate the events surrounding Alberich’s theft of the Rhinegold. The sorrowful Rhinemaidens told him how the Nibelung Dwarf, having sought their favors in vain, solemnly renounced love so he could fashion the all-powerful Ring, and then robbed them of the Gold; with Alberich’s newfound power, he has enslaved the Nibelung Dwarfs and forced them to mine his Hoard from the Gold.

She is a prophetess whose wisdom provides her with the knowledge of the past and the future of the universe. Erda cautions Wotan and advises him to return the Ring to the Rhinemaidens: Erda, Goddess of wisdom The Gods stand in awe and become speechless. Erda stretches out her hand commandingly to Wotan, again bidding that he relinquish the Ring to evade the Curse pronounced on it. Erda, the woman who possesses the entire world’s wisdom, confounds Wotan by prophesying the downfall of the Gods even if he does not return the Ring: “All that exists must come to an end.

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