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September 07, 2009

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But, in fact the women and barefoot servants do also come into Isaiah: the women (and princes) in chapters 3 and 4, and the barefoot servants - or servant - in Chapter 20, verses 2 and 3. And the wine is in there, too (Ch 5) and the ploughman - or people with mattocks - (Ch. 7.25) . . . While you are probably right that Prufrock informs the come and go of that line, a closer reading of Isaiah suggests other ways of listening to this song, though to be honest, I don't think anyome can really second guess what the song wanted Dylan to say . . . hey, I mean, maybe the princes, who are children, are meant to be the flower children of 1967,who shall rule over the captain of fifty etc . . . oh yea!

Very interesting commentary/explication.

As the previous commenter mentioned no one can really know what Dylan had in mind, was in hs head as far as meaning goes- In fact Bob himself may not have had a clear intention.
Prophets don't necessarily know they are prophets or what they are saying is prophetic- it is only after their words come to pass that we, the observers and participants realize the prophetic vision.

And also like all good literature-poetry-scripture that is alive and breathing a piece will have different meanings to different people- and the meaning will change to each person depending on their current circumstances. New meanings emerge and develop in our consciousness far from what the author was developing in his- that is, in my opinion, the genius of great poetry and the genius of Dylan and why his music- 45 years later is being discussed and dissected and listened to- because the listeners keep finding new layers of meaning for themselves personally and insights socially despite the limited vision of the author when penning the lines.

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