Saturday, January 29, 2011

Classic Poetry - (Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

We are back on track folks and happily bring this weeks classic Poem!

Percy Bysshe Shelley


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1972 - 8 July 1822)
He is Linked above to Wikepedia if you wish to know about this poet.

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  1. Guess this reminds us how unimportant we all are... but this phrase "Half sunk, a shattered visage lies" is too reminiscent of looking in the mirror each morning!! LOL. Sorry, I can't quash my sense of humour...

  2. Hee hee, Jinksy, I so relate:) Love the poem, good pick!

  3. Such a great rhyme scheme! I love how the mightiest of the king's works is all of his works destruction. The true art of kings!

  4. This is one of my all time favorites. It's a marvelous bit of perspective about hubris.


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