Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Ozymandii

Many people don't know that Shelley's famous poem "Ozymandias" was composed as part of a contest with Horace Smith. Here are both poems side-by-side. Shelley's poem is clearly the greater—it's a bit of a case study in the difference between good and great writing—but Smith's sonnet is not without its charms.

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Ozymandias Diptych

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