This year's Nobel Prize for Literature to legendary rock songwriter musician Bob Dylan is interesting. It also seems to have set a new trend. Though I have used good popsongs in teaching English language, Physics and other subjects I never expected that pop music would be placed on the same pedestal as novels, poems and plays.
(I remember my students enjoying a Robert Frost poem that I always used whenever I explained Millikan's oil drop experiment to determine the specific charge of an electron).
Getting back to Bob Dylan, who wouldn't like his "Blowing in the wind", "Like a rolling stone" or "Mr Tambourine man"? His simple music will keep ringing in the ears of folk and rock music fans for many years to come.
I remember having read many years back that Bob Dylan's writing was influenced by the works of Dylan Thomas, an American poet.
- Guruprasad R Panamalai
- Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
- I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.