Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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  • Ozymadias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Context
      • born in 1792
      • he was one of the major English romantic poets
      • he liked philosophical poems and he was very influential
      • he had a happy childhood and was educated at home and then at college
      • he wrote the poem about the King- Rameses II
      • he travelled to Italy and died
      • he disapproved of the British monachy
    • Emotions
      • negative
      • power and control
      • disapproval
      • bad opinions and this is evident in the poem
      • past
    • Form and Structure
      • rhyme isn't regular
      • there are some rhyming couplets
      • there is also enjambment and caesura
      • personal occurances
      • recount
      • focuses heavily on bad memories and nature
    • Conflicts
      • power of humans
      • power of nature
      • pride// image
      • weakness of humans
      • importance
      • current identity and future identity
    • Language
      • positive and negative language
      • "my name Is ozymandias, king of kings"
      • "wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command"
      • "colossal wreck"
      • "nothing beside remains"
      • "round the decay"
      • things are getting ruined// sad language
      • "stamped on these lifeless things
    • Past and Present
      • nature destroys evrything
      • humans can build things but they get destroyed
      • nothing ever lasts
      • recent and past don't really mix


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