Chocolate Ozymandias

Ozymandias – 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.”

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  1. Margaret B permalink
    April 10, 2012

    Long loved that poem… Nice job illustrating it. But let me tell you, that particular sneer is going to give me nightmares!

  2. April 13, 2012

    Thanks! The thought of the broken, sneering rabbit head half-buried in the sand was the image in my head that prompted me to do this.

    Incidentally, the “sand” is granulated sugar in a cookie sheet, so we were still able to eat the rabbit afterwards.

    It was fun to do. If anyone thinks of other famous short poems that can be inappropriately illustrated with holiday candy figures, let me know and if I can think of a good way to implement it, I’ll give it a shot!

  3. June 15, 2012

    other famous short poems that can be inappropriately illustrated with holiday candy figures

    …Awesome idea. And I think you just came up with an idea for a new website: “Chocolate poetry”. “Poetic Confections”. “Bunny Heads”.

    …hm… I see that “” is currently available!

    My contribution for poems:

    1) “The Second Coming

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    2) A Caution To Everybody

    Consider the auk;
    Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
    Consider man, who may well become extinct
    Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

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