Piece Comment

Outstanding Analysis

Mr.Ricks provides an extraordinary analysis of "Hattie Carroll" and then responds to questions about "why Dylan." For those who still have any doubts about Dylan as poet, this should provide a definitive response. He makes the distinction between poetry for the page and poetry for the ear. He then goes on to rhyme and to claim, "All great artists are in touch with 'Alice in Wonderland.'" He closes by claiming that "O Mercy" is a fine album, not "one back from the dead."