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  • POEM: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (12/21/2008 9:40:00 AM)

    Firstly: Isn't P.B. Shelley famous for love poems? So how come he wrote this quite different one, in tone and meaning? Just curious.

    Secondly: The philosophy is one which has been preached in India for millennia, possibly. BUT - Isn't the current world expansion in scientific and constructive activity - in spite of all the bad things - a clear rejoinder to this kind of negativity?
    If we are talking about the arrogance and pride, that is no doubt deplorable. But works are not to be despised, though they have finite life!

    There are some very inspiring lines in Rudyard Kipling's 'If' poem about stooping to rebuild the destroyed works, calmly proceeding to be constructive in the midst of chaos. Is it not THIS that is called civilization, is it not this that keeps mankind going? Amidst terrorists' madnesses, natural upheavals, etc., the 'salt of the earth' just keep on!

  • POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (12/21/2008 9:19:00 AM)

    The beginning lines of the poem are more revealing than the ending ones, I feel. The poet expresses GRATITUDE, 'to whatever gods may be'. That feeling is genuine, something that anyone who has successfully struggled against heavy odds, can easily identify with. The success in this case is not an outward victory but clearly a moral or psychological one. Not a perfect poem, imho, but certainly very very moving.