Professor explores meaning behind music of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan

It is said that poetry starts off as song.

UCT Professor Lesley Marx says legendary musicians Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan are primary examples of this.

Read: Music guru hails Bob Dylan after Nobel Prize win

They are so radically different, but poetry, performance and pilgrimage are ares that unite them in all sorts of interesting ways.

Prof Lesley Marx, Associate Professor of Film Studies at UCT

Cohen, who passed away last year, was one of the first recipients of PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.

His death came the same year that Dylan was recognised as the Nobel Prize winner for Literature.

Also read: Music guru Sean Brokensha pays tribute to late Leonard Cohen

There's a general consensus that these are men who are very gifted in terms of creating poetry.

Prof Lesley Marx, Associate Professor of Film Studies at UCT

Prof Marx will host two lectures on Cohen and Dylan, as a part of UCT’s Winter School programme, on 5 and 12 August.

She says her lectures aim to link their work without making any insidious comparisons. Click here to learn more.

Take a listen to her analysis on their different writing styles and share anecdotes about their musical careers:


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