Bob Dylan (pictured) said: "I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet."
It is fitting, therefore, that he should have been the focus last month of National Poetry Day. To mark the occasion, the organisers of National Poetry Day, along with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, have released an online secondary schools education resource which celebrates poetry through the lyrics of Dylan's legendary songs.
The theme for National Poetry Day this year was "Dreams" and a range of Dylan's songs, including, "Three Angels", "I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine", and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" are the basis of the S1-2 and S3-4 lesson plans, available at www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk.
Teachers can also download audio tracks and videos from the official Bob Dylan website, www.bobdylan.com, and an 18-track sampler of his album (the three-CD retrospective released this month) will be available, on request, to teachers should they wish to play it in the classroom.
The online resource includes a compe-tition for pupils to write their own Dylan- inspired ballad and the chance to win a limited edition Dylan iPod, a Sony tele- vision for their school, and the Dylan three-CD retrospective.
* Meanwhile, the Children's Poetry Bookshelf is running a competition which invites seven to 11-year-olds to write a poem of no more than 25 lines on the theme of "Dreams". It will be judged by a panel of seven judges, chaired by the Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen.
* www.childrenspoetrybookshelf.co.ukTemplates spotlight_on.asp