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I studied literature in college and distinctly remember an American Poetry class I took. I remember it because my professor had never really listened to Bob Dylan, whom I considered a classic American Poet.

I decided to write an essay arguing that Dylan deserved to be considered among the Great American Poets: Emerson, Whitman, Frost and Poe come to mind as examples. And I used the song, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” for my proof.

I’ll just say that I think my professor became a Dylan fan after that. It’s nice to see that there are more than a few fans at the Pulitzer organization, too.