Friday, February 13, 2015

Not your typical Valentine's poem or song

     But what would one expect form Bob Dylan? Influenced by William Blake's "The Sick Rose", Dylan writes about how his wife-to-be, Sara Lowndes, brought calm to his life. In typical Dylan fashion, the song is replete with literary allusions.

     This version is from Dylan's 1965 British tour, and that is Donovan Leitch in the room full of people and cigarette smoke. The song has been covered by many, from Joan Baez and Judy Collins (no surprise here), to Ricky Nelson and the Turtles (that is surprising).

     I post this for all the ones to soothe our lives! Blake's poem follows the link.

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

- William Blake

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