American folk singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, won the Nobel Prize in Literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" and Twitter is going off at the news.
Some people, critics and fans alike, are thrilled at the news that the "greatest living poet of our time" has won the esteemed award. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called Dylan "a great poet in the English speaking tradition" before adding that "for 54 years now he's been at it reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity." Other fans called him a "master" while one fan said that they are "Not so surprise[d]. He is a great poet of our time."
Others are not reacting quite the same way. One Twitter user wrote, "Congratulations Bob Dylan for the Nobel Literature prize for his lyric: I am a little rolling boy I put myself in a barrel I am Donkey Kong," while another questioned the Nobel Prize's pick as being motivated by publicity.
Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize seems content with their choice, pointing out that Dylan is the "first Nobel Laureate since George Bernhard Shaw to have been awarded both a #NobelPrize and an Oscar." President Obama also seems happy about the choice and took to Twitter to congratulate Dylan, "one of my favorite poets." Check out more of the reactions below.
Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel. https://t.co/c9cnANWPCS— President Obama (@POTUS) October 13, 2016
Congratulations Bob Dylan for the Nobel Literature prize for his lyric:— ruin ferdinand 🔮 (@urbanfriendden) October 13, 2016
I am a little rolling boy
I put myself in a barrel
I am Donkey Kong
May be mad as a hatter but my favorite song writer by a mile.— Lucky Sam (@abermans) October 13, 2016
Well done Mr. Zimmerman!
Nobel is not too shabby. https://t.co/parlFayiWV
NOT THE ONION: BBC News - Bob Dylan wins Nobel Literature Prize https://t.co/AnRYvGjPtG— TF_NRO (@TF_NRO) October 13, 2016
Does anyone else remember the last time the nobel prize wanted more publicity and gave Obama a peace prize? well uhh https://t.co/PXt0ciA67L— Joey Faulkner (@JoeyMFaulkner) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan and the Nobel Literature prize, were there no books written this year? What a very, very strange choice #NobelPrizeMadness— Paul Synnott (@paulsynnott_) October 13, 2016
BOB DYLAN GETS THE NOBEL LITERATURE PRIZE. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL NEWS.— Sonia Russell (@soniarussell195) October 13, 2016