Arguably, this part of Smith's poem: "I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone, "The King of Kings; this mighty City shows "The wonders of my hand." The City's gone, Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon. This line of Smith's is magnificent: Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows.is better than Shelley's, which contains a strange line, his only misstep in an otherwise (puns intended) monumental, colossal poem: "..hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed." I exchanged emails yesterday with Von Drehle, and we agreed, reluctantly, that this is a line without an antecedent -- whose hand? There may not be two works in Shelley's poem that work together as well as Smith's "annihilated place." Those of you who voted Smith's a better poem were daring. You were wrong because when it came to making the most important decision, Shelley got it right, and Smith got it wrong, and therein lies the sole reason one poem is a classic and one is forgotten.Here is where some of you are wrong: Both of these men did splendidly.There is nothing "wrong" with Smith's version: It's a hell of a poem with some gorgeous lines -- in fact, it could be argued that his word choice was even better than Shelley's.
They were in a sense parodying poetry; let's take a pretty obvious observation, one so obvious neither of us particularly cares to take sole authorship of, and see how we can wrench it into a poem the masses will applaud.At a book signing here yesterday, to which I arrived an hour early, a man walked in.I said to myself: "That guy looks like Dave Barry, but it's not.The first three rounds failed but finally last year, after spending a total of £40,000, 36-year-old Mrs Turner fell pregnant at the fourth attempt.Until the 12-week scan, the couple, from Upper Lambourn, Berkshire, believed they were having only one baby.‘I just couldn’t believe it.
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So I, personally, will regret the appearance of non-freak dogs. Some are wonderful, particularly those breeds that have not yet been overbred. _______________________ Context required: Gene, May we please have a picture of Rachel so we can gauge with whom we are dealing? Tom the Butcher calls them "The Manson family." _______________________ Silver Spring, Md.: I love it when you start early. (Also, I don't know how "astounding" it is that they wrote poems on the same subject given that they intentionally did so as a friendly bet.