Monday, March 19, 2007

Akira and Ozymandias

Today I found the full-length movie of Akira up on Google video. I hope this one is properly sanctioned by Google and doesn't get suddenly removed. If it does, well it's here to enjoy for now (remember buddhist meditation on impermanence? I suppose "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley must be one of the greatest buddhist poems ever written, even if Shelley wasn't a buddhist as such).

Ozymandias by 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 lips, 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." --



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