Music icon and Nobel winner Bob Dylan has delivered his long-awaited Nobel lecture on today.
He cited Buddy Holly and The Odyssey among his inspirations.
The lecture came as a huge relief for the Swedish Academy after it honoured the reluctant songwriter with its prestigious literature prize for the first time last year in December.
“The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close,” Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, wrote in a blog post on Monday.
Listen to the recorded lecture of Bob Dylan now.
Dylan had until June 10 to submit the Nobel lecture, which is the only requirement to claim the eight million kronor (US$923,000) that comes with the prize.
The lecture can take nearly any form, including a short speech, a performance, a video broadcast or even a song, and must be held within six months of December 10, the date of the Nobel prize ceremony and the anniversary of the death of the prize’s founder Alfred Nobel.