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    blowin in the wind

    I wonder what the meaning of the expression "blowin in the wind" is? in the context of the famous song of bob dylan.
    Can anybody help?
    thanks,

    How many roads must a man walk down
    Before you call him a man?
    Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
    Before she sleeps in the sand?
    Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
    Before they're forever banned?
    The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
    The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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    Re: blowin in the wind

    I've heard it used to mean 'waiting to be answered', but whether Dylan meant that I don't know.

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    Re: blowin in the wind

    My take is that these issues are difficult to grasp/catch; they're not easily answered. We see cannonballs fly all too easily and all too often.

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    Re: blowin in the wind

    The idea of a metaphor like this is to create an image in your mind that is different than the thing being described, yet somehow the same. I see things "blowin' in the wind" like dry leaves, bits of paper, or dust particles that can be perceived but not grasped. They are things that are all around us, yet we seem to be unable to embrace them.

    Sorry if I laid it on too thick. An English teacher is, after all, always an English teacher.

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    Re: blowin in the wind

    And there's more to the metaphor than meets the eye. At the time of writing, Dylan was thinking a lot about the environment after a nuclear holocaust ('Bob Dylan's Dream', 'Hard Rain'). I don't think the poet knows what an image is going to do; s/he just chooses one that's going to set off reactions of an appropriate kind.

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    Re: blowin in the wind

    friends,
    thanks for the comments, but still there is one thing that is not clear for me: Does the phrase have a negative sense or not?
    "the answer my friend is blowin in the wind" does it mean these things are way too far from us, impossible matters, and just our dreams? like blowing in the wind, which could be a fruitless action?

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