Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

There was an OpEd in the Boston Globe yesterday by H.D.S. Greenway titled Dreary verses of the Bush-Cheney years. He repeats what many have said about the Bush Cheney policy in Iraq and refers to Robert Merry‘s 2005 book Sands of Empire to reinforce his points. What struck me most about this OpEd was not the litany of failures we’ve all seen before, but the snippet of a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley written in 1818 that Greenway quotes from the intro of Merry’s book.

Read and keep in mind Bush, Cheney and Iraq…


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.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


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