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,
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Comments about Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Palitha Ranatunge (3/9/2016 6:17:00 PM)

    This I rate as the best poem Ive ever read. I read this poem at the age of twelve for it was a precribed poem in one of our text books. Since then I have been worried about his untimely death at this very young age. (Report) Reply

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  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (3/9/2016 3:36:00 PM)

    I don't know what I can possibly add to the comments below, except that I loved this. It is one of those 'wow' poems that touches several chords at once. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/9/2016 2:29:00 PM)

    He wrote a great scene here to demonstrate the mutability of man''s creation- his poem seems to be lasting at this point (Report) Reply

  • Uzefa Rashida M.a Uzefa Rashida M.a (3/9/2016 12:10:00 PM)

    greatest poem and deepest message delivered. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (3/9/2016 8:46:00 AM)

    Had to read it twice. It's very good. Nothing remains standing forever. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (3/9/2016 6:04:00 AM)

    One of the greatest poems ever written IMO. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/9/2016 1:01:00 AM)

    Those passions! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/9/2016 12:42:00 AM)

    And this poem reminds us about our end and leaving behind all our achievements, some might recognise it and some mighty not...Nice poem.10+++ thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Yudhik Kamboj (2/24/2016 12:51:00 AM)

    Yash is a fool (Report) Reply

  • Geoffrey Plowden (12/4/2015 10:10:00 AM)


    What happened to the rest of the statue? I think the only explanation must be that the trunk was never delivered. They got the legs up on the pedestal, the head was damaged by falling off the transport, but the trunk never came, perhaps because they had run out of funds, or it was intercepted by enemies. Any other ideas? (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry .., Rahman .., Henry (9/6/2015 3:22:00 AM)

    Uncommon poem (sonnet) I've ever read. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (8/11/2015 4:15:00 PM)

    ...fascinating poem with amazing imagery, love this ★ (Report) Reply

  • Sohaib Farooq (5/2/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    It is q very ironic poem which describes the pride of a man and the wretched reality of life. Man becomes proud by success. He thinks that he has toppled the world. He forgets that life is merciless. Time brings all luxuries of life to an end, and death is a great leveller. Shelly considers all feelings of superiority in man as only an illusion and self-deception. (Report) Reply

    Dave Bokchito (8/3/2015 10:16:00 AM)

    Nothing, Mr Farooq?

    Dave Bokchito (5/11/2015 6:25:00 AM)

    Life is not a 'thing' to be tagged as wretched. It is a beautiful process that can be enhanced and uplifted or destroyed. If we base our success on self gratification and power hungry greed, then we doom ourselves and all involved.

    Time brings all luxuries of life - based on uplifting life, to a long and enduring existence. Death can only stop 'a' life. Ideas that are based on uplifting 'lives' grow on and become greater. Oxymandias fell because all he had was his tyranny.

    Consider the difference between Hitler and Ghandi. One had an 'Empire' and one had a 'purpose.' One has a legacy in history we all continue to grow from, even though he is dead. The other one can only offer what we need to avoid, even though he had an empire. One we honor, the other we sneer and hiss at.

    Shelly teaches us far more than a simplistic lesson of what dies. The fact that we know who Shelly was, and would know absolutely nothing of who Ozymandias was, had he not written that poem, screams his point clearly.

  • Oduro Bright Amoh (4/20/2015 6:37:00 PM)

    I have an affinity to sonnets. This one is just so perfectly laid down brick by brick, like a building. Just wonderful! I am always grateful that I can enjoy sweet poetry from people who lived aeons before me. (Report) Reply

  • Bryan Baker (2/21/2015 8:23:00 PM)

    The vanity of human wishes ne'er so well expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad Akhtar Jawad (1/17/2015 8:58:00 AM)

    Nice one......................................... (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Nash Kevin Nash (10/29/2014 4:21:00 PM)

    my greatest sonnet if i could learn his rhyme scheme....!! (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty Sagnik Chakraborty (9/10/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    Arguably the greatest sonnet in the English language. It encompasses multiple themes, ranging from the impermanence of earthly power and the futility of despotic ambition to the contrasting timelessness of artistry. The tyrant Rameses II of ancient Egypt, whose moniker was 'Ozymandias', for all the limitless godlike powers he enjoyed in his lifetime, is long dead and with him is gone all his great monuments and statues, withered by the all-consuming Time. A subtle hint is also there that the unnamed sculptor still lives on through his perfect portrayal of Ozymandias's features. The rhyme scheme is difficult but effortlessly executed by the Master Poet. (Report) Reply

  • Grant Charney (6/22/2014 7:54:00 PM)

    Really only heard of this poem when I watched Breaking Bad, but I learned to love this poem so much more than the show. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/22/2014 2:28:00 AM)

    Philosophical I think this is a great poem on the human destiny which lasts for a few years and goes to oblivion and whatever the power and positions may be the destiny awaits us as the ozymandias the mighty king in the poem. Great poet and great poem (Report) Reply

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