Ozymandias is a sonnet by P B Shelley , sonnet is a poem of 14 lines . The poet meets a traveller who informs him of a devastated statue of King Ramses II near the desert , which draws the irony in Ramses’s claim to eternity , for nothing remains of the statue but the beauty of the sculptor’s art.
The current sonnet is written after re reading the poem (Ozymandias) after 5 years and the memories it evokes of the initial reading with grandfather (the other old king ) , which survive due to the art of poet .
A fond memory comes flying
as I again read those fourteen lines
of deep philosophy from Shelley’s pen
who knew , it would be such a precious memory back then
Five years ago when the old king remained
I read aloud Ozymandias to him in all its name
I have forgotten most now , what the book and the teacher had said
but the old king’s words still do ring in my head
“What if I say the traveller is time ” he asked
and his words opened the poem to me at last .
But today like Ramses , time has taken much from me
and all that I have left of my grandfather , are his words and this memory
and so those words will always remain with me , whenever I will read these lines
for the truth is that art alone can survive the test of time .
(Poem and photograph )