Friday, January 08, 2010

Dylan and George Orwell

Thanks to Rich S:

“That Dylan/Handel link is a good find... I had a similar moment a few days ago and figured I would share.

* “I was reading Burmese Days by George Orwell and came across the line:

’What shall it profit a man if he save his own soul and
lose the whole world?’

* Bob Dylan, in the gospel-era song Ain't Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody:

‘But it don't suit my purposes, it ain't my goal/To gain the whole world and give up my soul’.

* Matthew 16:26:

’And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?’

“Note how Orwell alters the biblical line by switching the emphasis of soul and world, a technique Dylan would rediscover some thirty years later.”