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There is no way of writing this sentence without dragging in its tow whole libraries of literary allusions. The frame of the window and the margins of the page entrap the bird that serves as a sign for any bird, just as any bird serves as a sign for any idea. Wallace Stevens was a poet concerned with reading, writing, communication and the meaning or meaninglessness of symbols or words.

Add to the list of writers about birds one Bob Dylan.

The woman who kills her beloved Henry, who is about to leave her, appeals to a bird in the same way she has to Henry:. Cawing ravens and crows are hardly sweet birds; Gibson quotes an eighteenth century passage about the raven [4] :.

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This bird has always been famous; but its bad reputation has been owing, most probably, to its being confounded with other birds, and loaded with their ill qualities. It has even been regarded most disgusting. Filth and rotten carcasses, it is said are its chief food. Then Noah must have remembered that raven is an eater of carrion and would have found plenty of such fare exposed by the falling waters…. In the First Nations territory where I sit and write this book, the raven is both trickster and creator of humans.

Dylan chooses the image of the bird here to express his pain, the pain of lost love and the pain of singing. He hears the ticking of the clocks And walks along with a parrot that talks, Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailors all come in. The parrot, a tropical bird, may also remind us of the hunting at the docks, and that parrots apparently become associated with pirates in the early s when seamen traveling in the tropics would return home with the birds as souvenirs. What else has Dylan done with this most persistent of poetic images?

Like the dove, the rooster or cock has symbolic meaning. My woman done left me: I got these love-changing blues.

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! No surprise to find a bird image in a song about a singer, but do owls really sing? And why choose the image of an owl in a song about a Blues singer? The owl is another ambiguous bird, bringer of doom and death, but also a wise bird, connected as a meditative bird to Minerva. Is that the dual image Dylan was trying to get across?

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