Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Riddles in the Sand

I stumbled across this Sphinx in the sand at Newgale in Pembrokeshire some days ago. There was also a rather fine pyramid. Both works of art were about to fall victim to the sea as it raced up the beach.

I couldn't help thinking of Ozymandias ...

I was also curious to discover how many poems I could call to mind concerning both the sphinx of Egypt and the sphinx of Oedipus and Theban mythology.

Oscar Wilde, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sophocles come immediately to mind.


Mistlethrush said...

What an inspiring photo - thanks.

I hope Caroline's name is shortly to be added to the list of poets writing about the sphinx.

Caroline Gill said...

The closest thus far is a haiku about a Pharaoh ant!