Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822 / Horsham / England)

Ozymandias

Poem by Percy Bysshe 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 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.'

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Melissa (3/31/2020 2:11:00 PM)

    Wonderful and interesting...............................(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (2/4/2020 3:44:00 AM)

    profound and poignant////////////////(Report)Reply

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  • Solomon SenxerSolomon Senxer (9/14/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    Whenever i hear the word " colossal, " I remember this poem! Just beautiful to read again and again...(Report)Reply

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  • Ency BearisEncy Bearis (7/31/2019 5:48:00 PM)

    This is what I called superb presentation, I love it.(Report)Reply

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  • Marie O''Sullivan (7/28/2019 12:53:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem...Had to learn it in College years ago...(Report)Reply

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  • Louemile Rosch MangulabnanLouemile Rosch Mangulabnan (5/10/2019 12:23:00 AM)

    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away(Report)Reply

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  • Robert (4/16/2019 1:17:00 AM)

    I rested
    a poetry book on my belly
    And found a poem by a guy called Shelly
    Realising my feet were smelly
    I put down the book and turned on the telly(Report)Reply

    Mohammed Helal(6/22/2019 9:55:00 PM)

    Great.....

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (2/27/2019 10:27:00 PM)

    This is one of the finest poems ever read by me.
    So simple, yet so profound. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • ranjeetkumar (12/27/2018 6:29:00 AM)

    Mercy poem(Report)Reply

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  • Tara Adams - DeVoy (12/25/2018 6:19:00 AM)

    Who misspelt traveler? !(Report)Reply

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  • Sreelakshmi RevikumarSreelakshmi Revikumar (11/30/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    The reality of nothing is permanent is shown here. When the creations of ozymandias got destroyed, the pedestal with these words remained. It shows the everlasting power and nature of words. Poems and writings lasts long.(Report)Reply

    Tara Adams-DeVoy(12/25/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    Astute. Keen observation. I got the same, from this beloved and well-known poem.

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  • Under the Mercy (9/29/2018 6:34:00 AM)

    Shelley was right about it all except one thing. ( Nothing beside remains) Before the image was made and after it lay in the sand, The Ancient of Days was and is here......(Report)Reply

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  • Student (9/4/2018 9:23:00 AM)

    is this the poem(Report)Reply

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  • freds friend (7/26/2018 8:22:00 PM)

    eh its no good i dont like it that much horace smith wrote a better poem(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/4/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    All great or small
    who came
    had to leave this world,
    the death touched them
    softly or crudely
    only their deeds
    tell us
    how they were(Report)Reply

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  • Mohananc (5/14/2018 10:46:00 AM)

    Glorious(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (5/8/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    This poem needs to be read as a child and towards poethood. Only then do the words become clear.(Report)Reply

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  • Motoguzzi (3/18/2018 12:20:00 PM)

    Strongest poem i read during long time(Report)Reply

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  • MANOJ KHANDELWAL (3/10/2018 6:28:00 PM)

    Can anyone through light on the line 'The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed'.I eagerly wants to know whose hand and whose heart is the poet talking about? Please do help me in this matter.I have got confused.(Report)Reply

    Andrew(5/5/2018 8:36:00 PM)

    The hand of the sculptor whom inscribed the words from the heart of the king.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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