Dylan lyrics to be studied in schools
- 7 September 2007
Bob Dylan will feature in the curriculum for students in schools across the UK, with the musician’s lyrics to be studied as part of National Poetry Day.
Pupils are expected to dissect I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and Three Angels. The news has been welcomed by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.
“Dylan is unique having this extraordinary combination of wonderful melodies with these very interesting words wrapped around them,” he said.
“I think it will be a real help, particularly to those people that find poetry in the classroom difficult or off-putting or irrelevant.
“I’m not sure how cool Dylan is amongst the people this is aimed at or how much they’re listening to him compared to my generation. But that said I think it is a wonderful idea.”
The news comes as Dylan reportedly gave his blessing to a film about his life for the first time.
The unconventional film from Todd Haynes will see the musician portrayed by six actors, namely: Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Christian Bale, Ben Whishaw, child actor Marcus Carl Franklin and, strangely, Cate Blanchett.
Blanchett has wowed critics with her part as ‘Jude’ – a representation of Dylan in the sixties. Director Haynes commented: “Jude was always meant to be played by a woman
“I felt it was the only way to resurrect the true strangeness of Dylan’s physical being in 1966, which I felt had lost its historical shock value over the years.”