Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley: Breaking Bad
by N. E. Skull
With the final installments of the hit TV show Breaking Bad looming, a teaser trailer was recently released in which the chief character Walter White recites Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous poem ‘Ozymandias’. Fans of the show will understand why this thrilling poem was a remarkably apt choice for the storyline. However, if you don’t follow the show you can still enjoy the video as it does not reveal anything about the show itself – no spoilers and no confusion!
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”.