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

  • Louemile 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
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  • (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
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    (6/22/2019 9:55:00 PM)

    Great.....

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

    Mercy poem (Report)Reply

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  • (12/25/2018 6:19:00 AM)

    Who misspelt traveler? ! (Report)Reply

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  • Sreelakshmi 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

    (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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  • (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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  • (9/4/2018 9:23:00 AM)

    is this the poem (Report)Reply

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  • (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 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
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  • (5/14/2018 10:46:00 AM)

    Glorious (Report)Reply

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  • Robert 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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  • (3/18/2018 12:20:00 PM)

    Strongest poem i read during long time (Report)Reply

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  • (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

    (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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  • (2/24/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    Not good but its ok (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2018 11:47:00 AM)

    not good but its ok (Report)Reply

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  • (2/23/2018 9:54:00 PM)

    Not so interesting but nice 😏 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/14/2018 9:21:00 PM)

    The Poet’s Soul Is Different,

    Formed By The Fire of Life,

    It Guides His Passions,

    Leads His Heart,

    And Lives Forever

    Copyright June 10,1996

    Daniel J. Lavigne
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  • (1/6/2018 12:08:00 AM)

    Very nice (Report)Reply

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  • (12/31/2017 10:06:00 AM)

    The paths of gory lead but to the grave, (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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