'As one poet to another': President Higgins pays birthday tribute to Bob Dylan

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'As One Poet To Another': President Higgins Pays Birthday Tribute To Bob Dylan
“As one 80-year-old to another,” President Michael D Higgins sent Bob Dylan a birthday letter.
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President Michael D Higgins has released a letter in which he pays tribute to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan to mark his 80th birthday.

The President paid tribute to Dylan's musical and political achievements in the letter.

“As one 80-year-old to another, and as one poet to another, I felt I should share with you my view that the best poem on an 80-year-old is William Wordsworth’s poem Michael, which deals with the consequences of the enclosures in England in the 18th century, and their making of a working-class of men, women and children for the factory system at the cost of intimate rural life. I feel it’s a beautiful work and would love sometime to talk to you about it,” President Higgins wrote.

“In 2016, I said of you: ‘Bob Dylan’s linking of the American folk tradition to moral, economic and political challenges has been a significant achievement and the appeal of his music has been inter-generational. His lyrics, with their rhythms, have linked followers of country, jazz and rock to counter-cultural and politically engaged movements. In doing this, he has narrowed the space between the poetic, the musical and the political.’ My opinion hasn’t changed.

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“Keep going. Good luck with everything. Traoslaím leat (I congratulate you). Beir Bua (May victory be yours).”

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