Read Bob Dylan's Full Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

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Read Bob Dylan's Full Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Bob Dylan admitted he was stunned and surprised when he was told he had won a Nobel prize because he had never stopped to consider whether his songs were literature.

Bob Dylan has expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing.

Dylan said when Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet", he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where to find a skull.

"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.

Well, I've been doing what I set out to do for a long time, now.

He thanked the Academy for considering the question and "providing such a wonderful answer". The fact that the Nobel committee is so small is not lost on me. "If people in the literary world groan", Mr. Engdahl added, "one must remind them that the gods don't write, they dance and they sing".

Patti Smith performed Dylan's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall at the ceremony in his absence. "I'm sorry", she said before resuming. "I'm so nervous." Still, some in the audience could be seen crying as she finished the song accompanied by a string section.

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Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, 'Are my songs literature?'

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