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Avg: n/a   Vote: 1 2 3 4 5    2 comments, last: May-5-2011   Add   Contributor:  TheTeam (May-2-2011)
Optimism: 3 Category: Philosophical & Quality of Life

The summer's grass!
all that's left
of ancient warriors' dreams.



 Author: Matsuo Basho, I present this quote today as a reflection on the violent passi...
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Vote: n/a     Comment by:  PT (David Alexander) (May-5-2011)   Web site
Yes, WIlliam, there is a good parallel that can be made.

One difference: in the Japanese poem, the beauty of the grass remains, and outlasts the fantasies of obsessed warriors (like Bin Laden), rather than portray a boundless desert as the alternative. I like that simple beauty.
  
Vote: n/a     Comment by:  Wavehunter (William Coffin) (May-5-2011)   Web site

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".

(Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818)

  
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