In 1818, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley published his classic poem “Ozymandias,” depicting the fallen statue of a once-powerful king whose inscription “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” has long since crumbled into the desert. A hundred years later, a set of Modernist poets revisited the subject of ruins, injecting the poetic trope with some surprising new ideas. Professor Bill Hogan of Providence College joins Jacke for a look at the treatment of ruins in the poetry of H.D. (1886-1961), William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Robert Frost (1874-1963), and Wallace Stevens (1879-1955).
“Ozymandias” (1818) – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“The Walls Do Not Fall” (1944) – H.D.
“The Tower” (1928) – W.B. Yeats
“The Directive” (1946) – Robert Frost
“The Anecdote of the Jar” (1919) and “The Man on the Dump” (1939) – Wallace Stevens
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