In his Oct. 26 op-ed, “Trump’s next act,” Garrison Keillor argued that Bob Dylan is no Homer. True enough. Unlike Homer, Dylan is an actual person who has composed, recorded and performed a wealth of songs, the depth and breadth of which are unmatched in the contemporary American songbook. We’re not even sure if Homer existed.
What seems agreed upon by classical scholars is that “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” were handed down by Greek bards and written down when the Greeks adopted the Phoenician alphabet, probably in the 9th century B.C.
So, perhaps it would be more correct to say that Homer was no Dylan. What seems clear is that Keillor knows little of the work of his fellow Minnesotan, or of his bardic predecessor.
George Anthony Spanos, Arlington