Percy Shelley: Poems

what did the traveler from the antique land see

i met a traveler from the antique land who said: two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert... near them,on the sand, half sunk and shatterd visage lies,whose frown,and wrinkled lip,and sneer of cold command,thell that its sculptor well those passions read which yer survive,stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked the,and the heart that fed.

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I think the traveller has seen the ancient ruins (probably Egypt). In particular a colossal statue of a king placed on a pedestal. Only bits of the statue remain.