Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 21, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Ozymandias

by Percy Shelley (1792 – 1822).

 

Ozymandias (1818)

 

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 shatter’d visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command                       5

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,

The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:                               10

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.

 

Notes:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/179

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/pshelley.htm

http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/shelley/section2.rhtml

 


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