Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ozymandias

A poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley

OZYMANDIAS

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
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:
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.

3 comments:

Lead the World... said...

where did you get this from. I remember reading this in my School (CBSE)

Balaji said...

@Lead > I was reading the book "Naming the dead" by Ian Rankin. One of the characters in the book has the pen name Ozymandias based on this poem. I really liked it.

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