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Dylan or Dylan

Quiz: Bob Dylan or Dylan Thomas?

Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan: what else do the Welsh poet and American singer-songwriter have in common besides their names? A lot more than you’d think.

A tale of two Dylans

It is often remarked that Bob Dylan credits Dylan Thomas as an influence. As we’ve noted in a previous post, they share thematic interests—both having examined and opined on subjects as complicated as conflict and death in their works. And their names may not be as coincidental as they appear; Robert Allen Zimmerman is said to have created the stage name “Bob Dylan” as a tribute to Dylan Thomas.

Though separated by nationality, the two Dylans are also connected by a common language of wry humor in conversation. This sensibility for dry wit informs a lyricism in verse and in the spoken words of both writers that is not just notable, but irresistibly quotable.

So the question is: if the Dylans are so similar in style and temperament, is it possible to differentiate between them if we look at their words out of context?

Take the quiz below to find out if you can tell which quotation is from Dylan Thomas and which belongs to Bob Dylan.

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