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.'

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The reality of nothing is permanent is shown here. When the creations of ozymandias got destroyed, the pedestal with these words remained. It shows the everlasting power and nature of words. Poems and writings lasts long.
Shelley was right about it all except one thing. ( Nothing beside remains) Before the image was made and after it lay in the sand, The Ancient of Days was and is here......
is this the poem
eh its no good i dont like it that much horace smith wrote a better poem
All great or small who came had to leave this world, the death touched them softly or crudely only their deeds tell us how they were
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