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Re: Ozymandias
Max The Magnificent   5/23/2014 11:54:27 AM
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Until I just now looked it up, I didn't realize that Shelley wrote his Ozymandias poem in competition with his friend Horace Smith. According to the Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias), Smith's version "...takes the same subject, tells the same story, and makes a similar moral point, but one related more directly to modernity, ending by imagining a hunter of the future looking in wonder on the ruins of an annihilated London." Here's Smith's version:

In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:--
"I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,
"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
"The wonders of my hand."-- The City's gone,--
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,--and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

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Re: Ozymandias
antedeluvian   5/23/2014 11:37:15 AM
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Max

iambic pentameter be damned

Hear, hear!

 

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Re: Ozymandias
Max The Magnificent   5/23/2014 11:26:04 AM
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@betajet: How about we write it "Look 'on my works..."?

We can certainly write it that way, but when I recite this to myself, I will use "upon" and iambic pentameter be damned I say!

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Re: Max for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do somethings very well
Max The Magnificent   5/23/2014 11:24:21 AM
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@MS243: I'm still thinking about the Lucas wiring on my friend the Dr's daughter's little english sport's car going up in smoke at least once a year!

That's just our way of celebrating the summer solstice :-)

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Re: Max for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do somethings very well
betajet   5/22/2014 2:57:06 PM
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"The mistakes, they 'appen", he says with a Gallic shrug.

Having ridden on French trains and subways (albeit a long time ago) I suspect the new trains are really nice and well worth the cost to modernize the stations.  A lot of the work is fairly simple according to the article: "It can involve chipping a few centimetres off the edge of a platform, or moving an electricity power box located a bit too close to the platform edge," said RFF.

Besides, the French economy is in a bit of malaise these days and could use some some extra job creation.

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Re: Ozymandias
betajet   5/22/2014 2:20:50 PM
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Max wrote: I keep on thinking it would sound better to say "Look upon my works..." instead of "Look on my works..."

Ozymandias is written in iambic pentameter -- "upon" would break the rhythm.  Poetic license allows some things -- like an unusual rhyme scheme and creative use of prepositions -- but not others.

How about we write it "Look 'on my works..."?

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Re: Max for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do somethings very well
MS243   5/22/2014 1:48:02 PM
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I'm still thinking about the Lucas wiring on my friend the Dr's daughter's little english sport's car going up in smoke at least once a year!  -- Hail to the Prince of Darkness!

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Re: Max for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do somethings very well
Max The Magnificent   5/22/2014 12:39:31 PM
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@MS243: Max, for a people that allegedly don't plan the French do some things very well...

I'm sorry, I missed what you were saying, I was just reading this article about one of the things the French have done so well...

Words like "tragically comical" and "mind-boggling mix-up" come to mind -- and that's not me speaking -- it's France's secretary of state for transport.

Now where were we ... oh yes ... you were about to explain how good the French are at planning things LOL

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Re: Ozymandias
Max The Magnificent   5/22/2014 11:06:02 AM
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@betajet: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
               Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

 

This has been niggling at me for days now. I know it's a masterpiece. And I know that I should be saying to myself "Who am I to argue with the likes of Shelley?"

But, still and all (as the Irish would say), I keep on thinking it would sound better to say "Look upon my works..." instead of "Look on my works..."

Just sayin'

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Re: If the data stops
Max The Magnificent   5/22/2014 9:38:28 AM
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@seaEE: This pub would probably be in England, since they are well known for their pubs.

I'll drink to that!

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