Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Watercolour by Tony Taylor http://www.paintingbreaksguernsey.com

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

ROMANTIC INFLUENCE

Born today, 4 August 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is regarded as one of the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language. 

Shelley did not see fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death. 


He was a key member of a close circle of visionary poets and writers that included Lord Byron.


Shelley’s verse had a significant influence on the work of subsequent poets such as Robert Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and he remains popular in contemporary poetry circles.






OZYMANDIAS - 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.”

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