Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shelley on government arrogance

Shelley was a Romantic poet who was often in conflict with government and religion. In these times we witness massive insanity in the behaviour of nations and religious fanatics of Christianity, Islam, and other faiths.

I like Shelley because he fearlessly spoke out and proclaimed his radical beliefs.


Ozymandias
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (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 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.

1 comment:

Gyrobo said...

I've been looking for an online version of that poem for a few weeks now, but forgot the name. Thanks!