Iron Maiden Inspired Metal Literature University Course

02/18/2013
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(Classic Rock) A US university is running a course in heavy metal literature after an experiment with Iron Maiden track Out Of The Silent Planet was a massive success.

Linguistics expert Martin Jacobsen used the song from 2000 album Brave New World to teach sentence structure. The lesson included displaying visual diagrams of how the lyrics had been constructed while the music played.

Jacobsen, of West Texas A&M University, tells Amarillo.com: "The students were mad for it they thought it was crazy and they loved it. I threw it out as an offhand comment one day: 'What we ought to do is have a class in heavy metal.' There was universal agreement from the students in the class: 'Yes, we should actually do that.'"

He argues that many metal lyrics have been inspired by the works of history's greatest writers. "You constantly see these nods to the intellectual tradition that the lyricists come from," he explains. "Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that it's a form of literature as well as a form of music in much the same way you might say country music is a species of folklore." More.

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