If Dylan is ok for poetry then so too Eminem

This story in The Times on Saturday has Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, calling for Bob Dylan's lyrics to be studied as poetry. It comes in time for National Poetry Day, 4th October. However, if Bob Dylan's lyrics are considered okay for kids to study as a way of getting them more engaged with poetry, then why not Eminem too? Or will we have to wait fifty years before he is deemed just as acceptable as Dylan? It was Seamus Heaney who, only a few years ago, replied when asked which young poets he admired, named Eminem. If Bob Dylan's lyrics expand the range, then surely Eminem's would expand the rage that so many kids need to express in a society that seems to constantly demonise them.

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