Bob Dylan has accepted his Nobel Prize For Literature.
The songwriter was somewhat surprised by news of his victory earlier this year, taking some time to respond to the Nobel committee.
The prize itself was given out at the weekend, with Patti Smith performing ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ at the Swedish ceremony.
Bob Dylan did not appear, but did write a speech for the occasion, which was delivered by United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji.
The singer wrote that the prize “is something I never could have imagined or seen coming,” before stating: “If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I'd have about the same odds as standing on the moon.”
I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it. I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure. I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was writing literature couldn't have entered his head. His words were written for the stage.
Later Dylan circled back to close his speech:
But, like Shakespeare, I too am often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavors and dealing with all aspects of life's mundane matters. "Who are the best musicians for these songs?" "Am I recording in the right studio?" "Is this song in the right key?" Some things never change, even in 400 years.
Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, "Are my songs literature?"
So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.
Read the full text HERE.