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H.D.S. Greenway

Dreary verses of the Bush-Cheney years

By H.D.S. Greenway
April 22, 2008

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PERCY Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias," written two years after Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo, has been used again and again to illustrate the vanity and hubris of an empire gone to ruin. A traveler speaks of "two vast and trunkless legs of stone" standing in the desert, with a "shattered visage" lying beside them in the sand. (Full article: 693 words)

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