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Poetry Friday: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

July 25th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: thankful
Current Song: Leverage score music

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."

- Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Posted by: Janet Wong (Janet Wong)
Posted at: July 26th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)

I remember how surprised I was when I heard this poem in that Breaking Bad episode--but what a perfect fit!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 26th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Ozymandias

Go Bryan Cranston.

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