If this class was a thing when I was in High School maybe I wouldn't have thought it sucked as much as I did...
West Texas A&M University professor Martin Jacobsen recently fused metal music and literature classes by using the IRON MAIDEN track "Out Of The Silent Planet" during a class exercise, presenting visual diagrams of lyrics construction with the music playing at the same time.
The professor told Amarillo.com, "The students were mad for it. They just thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out there just as an offhand comment one day — 'What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal' — and there was universal agreement from the students in the class, like, 'Yes, we should actually do that.'"
The class exercise was such a hit that Jacobsen is now teaching a new course called "Introduction To Literature: Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre". The professor explains that many metal lyricists have been inspired by some of the greatest writers of all time.