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Next week’s ‘Breaking Bad’ episode, season 05;episode 14, is titled “Ozymandias”. It’s also the title of a poem written in 1818 by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Here is the text of that poem.

Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. 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.

According the analysis of the poem on wikipedia the poem’s central them is, “The inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own time.

Further empirical proof that Vince Gilligan is a fucking alien sent here from another planet to blow our fucking minds and then take over the Earth. Three episodes left and I can’t think about this show without getting heart palpitations and having a panic attack.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

One Comment

  1. Hey nice post – I read a really interesting take on this topic at slate this morning, you might find it interesting.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/01/ozymandias_poem_breaking_bad_trailer_raises_question_about_percy_shelley.html

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