Ozymandias of Egypt By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias of Egypt By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ozymandias of Egypt By Percy Bysshe Shelley is an English sonnet. The poem is written by great romantic poet P.B Shelley. It is based on Petrarchan sonnet style. It was first published in 1818. The poem is based on the powerful Egyptian king ‘Ozymandias’.

 

 

Ozymandias of Egypt
P.B. Shelley

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.          5
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:                   10
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.

 

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