His songs become poetry...
Daniel Melia

09:39 4th September 2007

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Bob Dylan is set to reach a new era on young music lovers with the news that his lyrics are set to form part of new poetry lessons in the UK’s High Schools.

Songs such as ‘I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine’, ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ and ‘Three Angels’ will be included in the Dylan education pack being used for National Poetry Day.

Students will also be asked to write their own Dylan style ballad as part of the lessons.

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion told the BBC: "If you're dealing with a song lyric that does depend on the melody for it's effect then reading it cold on the page is going to be very disappointing.

“Dylan is unique having this extraordinary combination of wonderful melodies with these very interesting words wrapped around them."

He added: "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."

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