Jude at the Ramasseum

by Jane Akshar on 01 Apr, 17

Jude at the Ramasseum

Jude went to the Ramasseum, not many people go there these days but at the end of the 1800’s it was very popular and people would come here when they did the grand tour. In those days they didn’t understand how bad graffitti was and put their names up all over the place. Jude has spotted Belzoni’s name in three places.

A famous poet wrote about the Ramasseum, he was called Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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 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

The poem has lots of mistakes like no legs and there is a trunk, it is in the fields not the desert. Jude has found out why, Shelley never went there. The poem was a Christmas party game!

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