The highly anticipated final season of Breaking Bad has just three episodes remaining. Episode Six is entitled “Ozymandias,” named after one of my favorite poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
I was just becoming smitten with the timeless art when I came accross Ozymandias. I remember reading it, and then reading it over and over again for the next several weeks. It inspired many of my early works.
When I saw the title of the upcoming Breaking Bad episode, it brought back a lot of memories. And- it reminded me just how much I love every word of Ozymandias.
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.’
Percy Bysshe Shelley