The Poetry of Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan's selection as the 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first songwriter ever to receive the honor, has focused the attention of a new generation on the work of the legendary artist. Class members analyze the poetic devices and themes in two of his most famous songs.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research the controversies surrounding Dylan's selection as the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Prepare class members for Dylan's voice and performance style
Classroom Considerations
  • Both "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" are available via YouTube or other streaming services
  • Class members should be familiar with half-rhymes 
  • The five-page packet includes the lyrics from sections of both songs, a brief plan, and links to articles that could be used in the discussion
  • Possible interpretations of the lyrics are included
  • The answer key is hilarious
  • The plan is underdeveloped
  • No discussion questions are included