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A short presentation on the use of tropes from classic poetry in contemporary pop culture, working with the example of the movie and graphic novel Watchmen.
Alexis LothianPhD Candidate in English
University of Southern California
Popular Culture and Classic Poetry:Watchmen’s “Ozymandias”
two vast and trunkless legs of stone
half sunk, a shattered visage lies
nothing beside remains
Where else have you seen resonances of “Ozymandias”? Have you noticed allusions to other works you’ve studied?
What does Watchmen’s use of “Ozymandias” suggest about our world? About efforts to improve it?
Do you think Shelley would approve of this use of his poem?