Monday, 14 April 2008

Quote of the day


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...

Percy Bysshe Shelley



Sadly it doesn’t take much of a leap of imagination to substitute Mugabe for Ozymandias…

3 comments:

Crushed said...

Possibly the best thing Shelley ever did.

Always will be an amazing piece.

Semaj Mahgih said...

Doesn't take much imagination at all.

Phil A said...

Crushed, It has the potential to outlast most monuments.
Semaj, Absolutely.