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 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.”
This poem is not about Prague, not written by a Prague poet. 
But I like the imagery of pride followed by a "colossal wreck" and can imagine such a statue tucked away somewhere in Prague.



Elizabeth’s Prologue to Prague for Beginners

"By the time I got to Prague in 1994, all the best things had been already claimed.
Gone were the breathtaking, dirt-cheap, grand old flats on the river, the greatest decent-paying jobs as journalists and consultants to politicians, and the ground-breaking cross-cultural adventures in Czechoslovakia after the abrupt and peaceful departure of the Communists who had ruled since 1948.
But I came anyway, quite ignorant of what Prague was really like. As it turns out, I was equally ignorant of what I was really like, even though I was 34 years old and should have known better. What I found in Prague and what I learned there caused me to rethink my whole life. I was teaching English to beginners, but I was a beginner myself. Here is my quest to discover why I was in Prague."




“It’s designed basically as a poetic guidebook to the city of Prague.

Literally it’s a collection of 120 poems covering 1888 to 2010, all translated into English from 16 languages, and all poems about Prague or taking place in Prague.”

Europe has seen war and peace; Queen Elizabeth believes that respect for all people is the beginning of peace.

The message of peace and goodwill is universal. Here the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, muses on what's important in life from her vantage point of being 92 years old.

The real story behind the carol "Good King Wenceslas"

"Good King Wenceslas may be one of the most popular carols ever written – but the story behind it is bizarre and gruesome

The man we know as ‘Good King Wenceslas’ was actually Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia. He was also known as Vaclac the Good, or Svatý Václav in Czech and lived from c.907 to 28 September 935. And the reason we have his exact date of death is that he was assassinated – on the orders of his brother, appropriately named Boleslaus the Cruel."
After his death
Wenceslas was regarded as a martyr and saint almost immediately after his death...His remains are in St Vitus’ Cathedral in Prague and his Saint’s Day is a public holiday in the Czech Republic.
The carol So there’s something to think about next time you sing Good King Wenceslas....It’s become one of the best loved carols ever written – and was even performed by The Beatles.