E por falar no Egito…

, por Alexandre Matias

Ronaldo me manda o poema de Horace Smith, escrito como em resposta ao original de Percy Shelley, lançado no mês seguinte ao lançamento do original, em 1818. O título de ambos? Ozymandias:

In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:
“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.

We wonder, and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro’ the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragments huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

Aí vamos ao de 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 shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d 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.

Que perna é essa… E não custa lembrar que Damon Lindelof admitiu ter surrupiado várias idéias (“From the flashbacks to the non-linear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write”) de Watchmen – que conta com um de seus principais personagens batizado a partir deste poema.

Fora a conexão entre o deus Hórus e Horace (tanto o do poema como o da Dharma – vale a pena rever uns flashbacks do Ben e um sonho – ou lembrança? – do Locke – fora que o ator era o Tooms, do Arquivo X) que o Ronaldo citou – vamos conversar sobre isso no Comentando Lost de amanhã, em dose dupla.