Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Here are fourteen vocabulary words from the speech that music legend Bob Dylan wrote in anticipation of accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan did not deliver the address himself, but his humor and wit shine throughout the speech, the full text of which can be read here.
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  1. mundane
    found in the ordinary course of events
    His creative vision and ambitions were no doubt at the forefront of his mind, but there were also more mundane matters to consider and deal with.
  2. prestigious
    having an illustrious reputation; respected
    I'm sorry I can't be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize.
  3. persona
    a personal facade that one presents to the world
    As a performer I've played for 50,000 people and I've played for 50 people and I can tell you that it is harder to play for 50 people. 50,000 people have a singular persona, not so with 50.
  4. dramatist
    someone who writes plays
    I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist.
  5. renown
    the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
    When I started writing songs as a teenager, and even as I started to achieve some renown for my abilities, my aspirations for these songs only went so far.
  6. aspiration
    a cherished desire
    When I started writing songs as a teenager, and even as I started to achieve some renown for my abilities, my aspirations for these songs only went so far.
  7. ultimately
    as the end result of a succession or process
    So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.
  8. patron
    someone who supports or champions something
    "Are there enough good seats for my patrons?"
  9. harbor
    hold back a thought or feeling about
    I don't know if these men and women ever thought of the Nobel honor for themselves, but I suppose that anyone writing a book, or a poem, or a play anywhere in the world might harbor that secret dream deep down inside.
  10. endeavor
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do something
    But, like Shakespeare, I too am often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavors and dealing with all aspects of life's mundane matters.
  11. reverent
    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
    These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression.
  12. vital
    urgently needed; absolutely necessary
    But it's my songs that are at the vital center of almost everything I do.
  13. reckon
    expect, believe, or suppose
    I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist.
  14. deem
    keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
    From an early age, I've been familiar with and reading and absorbing the works of those who were deemed worthy of such a distinction: Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus, Hemingway.

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