Memorize the Poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

In the forum, cvstewart mentioned memorizing the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

I think it would make a good memory challenge. Here is the poem:


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.

See also the related forum thread.

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8 May, 2011 - 12:32
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Joined: 5 years 10 months ago

Memorized it in 12 minutes 30 seconds; only missed the period after "remains"! And did it without mnemonic technique.

11 May, 2011 - 00:19
Joined: 2 years 5 days ago

12 min is great! I didn't time myself, but just read a couple of sentences here and there over a couple of days.

I am a bit jetlagged and can't sleep so I wrote about the mnemonic images that I used here:

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