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! Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. National Poetry Month. Materials for Teachers Teach This Poem. Poems for Kids. Poetry for Teens. Lesson Plans. Resources for Teachers.
P B Shelley, 'Ozymandias'
Think of some of the monuments in your country. Why where they built? What do they symbolize? Now imagine those same monuments years in the future. Try writing a poem that offers your own view of the artistic process. How does your artist feel about his or her creation? Like Shelley, try to describe a piece of art while at the same time capturing the feelings and emotions of the artist. What effect does a framing device like this have on your reading of the poem? Why might Shelley have used reported speech to describe the monument instead of relying on the his own direct address to the reader?
The Full Text of “Ozymandias”
The poem was included the following year in Shelley's collection Rosalind and Helen, A Modern Eclogue; with Other Poems ,  and in a posthumous compilation of his poems published in Shelley wrote the poem in friendly competition with his friend and fellow poet Horace Smith — , who also wrote a sonnet on the same topic with the same title. Smith's poem was published in The Examiner three weeks after Shelley's, on February 1, Both poems explore the fate of history and the ravages of time: even the greatest men and the empires they forge are impermanent, their legacies fated to decay into oblivion. Shelley began writing his poem in , soon after the British Museum 's announcement that they had acquired a large fragment of a statue of Ramesses II from the 13th century BCE ; some scholars [ who? The 7. It had been expected to arrive in London in , but did not arrive until