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OZYMANDIAS, by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Ozymandias was written in 1817 and published in 1818 by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The poem Ozymandias ia a sonnet, and was written by Shelley as part of a writing competition.

Ozymandias was another name of the Pharaoh, Rameses the Great, who ruled in Ancient Egypt almost 1300 years BC in the nineteenth dynasty.



By Percy Bysshe Shelley, published 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 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.