By Percy Bysshe Shelley


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 fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The Meaning

The meaning is to listen to people even if you don't know them. Anyone can give you advice, but how you use it is your decision.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

He was born August 4, 1792 and he died July 8, 1822. He was one of the English Romantic poets of his time. He wrote more than 15 poems in his life. This poem was written in 1818.