Goldman believes Dylan is primarily a satirist, a put-on artist, and I'm inclined to agree. My favorite scrap of Dylan doggerel is this, from the 1971 I Shall Be Free, No. 10:
Well, I set my monkey on the logLook up those lyrics and tell me this is a Nobel poet....
And ordered him to do the Dog
He wagged his tail and shook his head
And he went and did the Cat instead
He's a weird monkey, very funky.