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April is national poetry month! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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April is national poetry month!
Eek. I just realized I haven't checked any of my e-mail addresses for a week. Must come up with a better way to handle that! Maybe I'll make gmail my homepage instead of my journal.

Anyway, April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of it, I'm going to try to either rec or write a poem every day. I don't know too many obscure poems, so probably the poems I rec will be ones you've all read in school, but oh, well. ;)

Today's is one of my favorites, Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias". Shelley uses language brilliantly here, and the irony of the situation comes out first... but there's also the very honest reaction to "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair"--meant by the sculptor to be a message to the king's enemies, but in the poem, very much meant to point out the fragility of vanity and even achievement.

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matril From: matril Date: April 2nd, 2006 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely one of my favorites too. The irony is so perfect. The imagery reminds me of the statues in LOTR, for some odd reason.
lyras From: lyras Date: April 2nd, 2006 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this poem as well. It's so short, and yet powerful. Thanks for reminding me of it!
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