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20 June 2013 @ 05:26 pm
Quote of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley  
History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

-- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Just the sort of thing you'd expect the author of "Ozymandias" to say!  Considering that is one of my favorite poems, you'd think that I have sought out more of Shelley's works by now...and yet I'm fairly certain I've never read any of his other poems or essays.  Weird, no?


Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. 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.