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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Ozymandias and De-Romanticism

Thanks to a fellow from NALSAR who won the Debate Competition in Felicity, I came to know about this sonnet called "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley. Arguably the most famous one.

Here it is:

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.

I then set out to start on my appreciation. And finally ended up at Wikipedia. All those lovers of literary art must read this stuff on Wikipedia - click here.

But then, at least till some time next month - I should concentrate on those bold italicized words.

visage = face
mock = ridicule;imitate, often in derision
collossal= huge
for they happen to be in this stupid wordlist which I am given to study. This is height of "de-romanticising" things possible, any takers for this argument??


Blogger mythalez said...

Finally a post i can read till the end .. :P
I know, this is the worst way to improve your vocab

Saturday, August 06, 2005 10:18:00 AM  

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