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I made this thing. It's Percy Bysshe Shelly's poem "Ozymandias" juxtaposed against an image that renders it totally meaningless.







Ozymandias is the Greek name for the pharaoh Ramses the Great. The Abu-Simbel temple has FOUR enormous statues of Ramses, ONE of which is ruined.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel#The_Great_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias
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The human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motion of elementary particles. Good? evil? morality? feelings? Pure Victorian fictions. Only egotism exists. - H.P.Lovecraft

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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 04:25:06 am »
so, is there a reason the lettering is all weird?
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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 05:21:45 am »
so, is there a reason the lettering is all weird?

I made this in MS Paint and accidentally saved it as a jpeg (forgetting that this prevents effective use of the fill function) before finishing the editing (I suppose the sensible thing to do would have been either to fill in the background color first or to get a better image editing program). I almost scrapped it and started over, but on looking at it, I realized that the inconsistent background gave it an aged ad weathered look that sort of matched the subject matter.
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It is an unfortunate fact that every man who seeks to disseminate knowledge must contend not only against ignorance itself, but against false instruction as well. No sooner do we deem ourselves free from a particularly gross superstition, than we are confronted by some enemy to learning who would plunge us back into the darkness -H.P.Lovecraft

The human race will disappear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn. The sky will become icy and void, pierced by the feeble light of half-dead stars. Which will also disappear. Everything will disappear. And what human beings do is just as free of sense as the free motion of elementary particles. Good? evil? morality? feelings? Pure Victorian fictions. Only egotism exists. - H.P.Lovecraft

"The highest virtue is inaction" -Tao Te Ching 38

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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 02:04:05 pm »
I made this thing. It's Percy Bysshe Shelly's poem "Ozymandias" juxtaposed against an image that renders it totally meaningless.







Ozymandias is the Greek name for the pharaoh Ramses the Great. The Abu-Simbel temple has FOUR enormous statues of Ramses, ONE of which is ruined.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel#The_Great_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias

Ramses II has more surviving monuments than any other pharoah.

Which means Shelley's Poem about failure is itself a failure.
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