Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

I was soooo excited to bring my real-life application to our study of Shelley's poetry today.  Ozymandias, the name of the first poem we were to study, also happens to be the name of one of the characters in Watchmen -- a ruler with as much cruelty and hubris as the Pharaoh in the famous poem, with his "sneer of cold command."

"Page 554.  Ozymandias," I said.  "Sound familiar?"  Blank stares.  "Come on, you guys.  It's a character from Watchmen.  Remember?"  More blank stares.

Oh, yeah.  I forgot I was teaching high school girls.