‘Ozymandias,’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1817)

This is not only Shelley’s most famous poem – generally having been read or heard even by many who are not interested in literature – but it is also might be one of the most famous poems in the English language. As such, I do want to write a bit about it, rather than avoid …

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Passing Ages

The mountains rise and fall with the passing ages, and on their slopes again and again the forests grow and burn when the fire rages, their ashes spreading out a layer that presages new ages wherein new life may reign on the mountains rising and falling with the ages. The rivers cut deep as their …

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Boundless

The mountains long have held my mind, brought me and bound me to their boundlessness. Surely I could not utter a word to move them, nor lift an arm to budge them. Were half the world to unleash their bombs and explosives, then, yes, maybe a lone mount might move. But I relish the wildness …

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Shakespeare: The 64th Sonnet

Preface I will be publishing essays from now on analyzing individual poems on the blog. Rather than trying to cover broad topics, I find that this will be a more useful and focused exercise, for not only myself, but hopefully for any readers as well. It will also narrowly confine the discussion to poetry qua …

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