Sunday, April 3, 2016

Teachable Moment: Who's the Greatest Rock Poet? (National Poetry Month)

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, painting by Julian Lennon when in pre-school
I must say I prefer John Lennon as the greatest rock poet, even though Bob Dylan probably should wear that crown. Lennon, being an artist as well, created poetry of metaphorical paintings and the colors and images soaked with profound emotional intensity. We have recordings of poets reading their work--T.S. Eliot and the Wasteland, Robert Frost and his Snowy Evening. But nothing so dynamic as John Lennon--and his beautiful, accusatory, angry, agonized voice-- singing his personal journey of life with his friends (the Beatles) collaborating musically like Impressionist artists of rock. 
 
 Who's the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #1 
Bob Dylan

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/09/whos-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-1.html?spref=bl

Greatest Rock Poet (#1 Nomination Again)

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/greatest-rock-poet-1-nomination-again.html?spref=bl 

John and Julian Lennon

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #2 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/09/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-2.html

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Revisiting #2

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-revisiting-2.html?spref=bl  

 

 Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #3 

Paul McCartney

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-3.html 

 

Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination # 4 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-4.html

Pete Townshend

 

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #5 

George Harrison

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination.html

 Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #6 

http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2012/06/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-6.html

Neil Young

 

The Greatest Rock Poet, Nomination #7 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/06/greatest-rock-poet-nomination-7.html

 

Bono

 

Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #8 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/01/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-8.html 

Bruce Springsteen

 

 

Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #9 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/01/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-7.html?spref=bl

Mao (1972) Andy Warhol (print)

  Always wanted to match this painting with these lyrics.

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #2 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2013/09/who-is-greatest-rock-poet-nomination-2.html 

 


Revolution

The Beatles: Revolution (live) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLGzRXY5Bw

John Lennon


You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right
Ah

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right

 

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