Ozymandias

Ozymandias
By Percy Shelley

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.”

Something different to throw out there …

I received this poem in my History class last term and kept it around. That the rationale of this poem might be universal may be shown in the destruction of the Sadaam Hussein statue with the help of Marines, or in the fall of the Berlin Wall,  among numerous other  examples. Not only does absolute power corrupt absolutely, alas, it also passes away …. Thankfully …

Have a great day everyone!

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