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.
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
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.
Mysterious as life
Sapphire sky above
Red dust below
The Dreamtime –
No beginning/ no end
Worshipped by the
Not as Ozymandias’
Man-built colossal wreck
Now lying in mortal decay
Off-limits a sacred site
In tune with nature