Ozymandias - Context

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  • Ozymandias
    • Ramses II
      • Military conqueror and builder
        • achievements of mighty tyrant are obliterated by time
      • About a statue of this ruler
        • A criticism of people/symbols that become huge and believe themselves to be invincible
      • Learnt about it from Diadorus and the actual statue says 'King of Kings'
    • Percy Bysshe Shelley
      • Romantic Poet
      • From a wealthy family
      • Radically political and disapproved of British monarchy
        • Supporter of the French Revolution
    • Publication
      • Published in The Examiner a political magazine
      • English were obsessed with Egyptian and Greek treasures
        • So the poem played to public interests
    • Messages of the poem
      • Criticism of wielding power in an undemocratic way (tyranny)
      • Survival of Creativity
      • Even the greatest men and the empires they forge are impermanent
        • Their legacies are fated to decay into oblivion

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