‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of my favorite poems

I had to recite Mr. Shelley’s poem about a long-gone, once-powerful king for Speech 101 at Pensacola Christian College. It fascinated me and reminded me a lot of what Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes about how people who are powerful rulers in their time eventually will be all but forgotten by future generations. It also reminds me of Amsterdam Vallon’s words at the end of the 2002 Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York lamenting that while the gangs of New York fought in 1863 for control of the city, eventually to future generations it would be as if the gangs never existed.

Richard Zowie’s a professional writer who, perhaps, at times has too much time on his hands to think strange thoughts. Post comments here or e-mail him at richardzowie@gmail.com.

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