Percy Bysshe Shelley was a 'Romantic' poet, who only became famous after death. He wrote 'Ozymandius' in 1817, after hearing how an Italian explorer had removed the statue from the desert.

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 shatter'd visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

 Tell that its sculptor well those passions read 


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