Monday, March 28, 2011

Ozymandias - by Percy Bysshe Shelley

This was written for the rich billionaires ( Kings of kings ) that think the castles they have built will last forever....but in time their creations eventually become a colossal wreck ......boundless and bare ....as far as one can see. Probably his most famous short poem, “Ozymandias” was published in 1818. The second-hand narration attempts to resurrect the once powerful king's might while the exotic setting of Egypt and desert sands helps illuminate the struggle between artist and subject. Listen to the poem in a video below..

OZYMANDIAS

I met a traveler 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.



6 comments:

  1. its been a while since I been here..have a great week dear friend:)

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