POETRY

Day 2

Yeats and the Romantics – the theme is the saving transformation that attends some form of humanism – the poem as an alternative world to that of nature.

Some of these poets include Spenser and Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats on to Tennyson, Browning, Swinburne, and William Morris.

Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote the poem ‘Ozymandias’ which deals with the theme of mortality.

Ozymandias

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 feel;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despai
r
Nothing beside remains, round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

My poem ‘Uluru’ alludes to Ozymandias.

Uluru

Monolithic

Mysterious as life

Sapphire sky above

Red dust below

The Dreamtime –

No beginning/ no end

Worshipped by the

Anangu people

Not as Ozymandias’

Man-built colossal wreck

Now lying in mortal decay

Uluru

Immortal/eternal

Off-limits a sacred site

In tune with nature

The planet

The seasons.

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