Ozymandias

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  • Ozymandias
    • Form
      • This poem is a sonnet with a Volta (line 9) however it doesn’t followe the regular rhyme scheme, which reflects that the way human power and structures can be destroyed
        • It also uses iambic pentameter but is often disrupted.
    • Structure
      • The narrator builds up an image of the statue by focusing on different parts
        • The poem ends by describing the enormous desert which helps to build up the insignificance of the statue
    • Irony
      • There is nothing left to  show for the rulers arrogant boasting or great civilisation
      • The ruined statue can be seen as a symbol for the temporary nature of political power or human achievement
    • Language of power
      • The poem focuses on the power of ozymandias representing human power
        • However power has been lost and is only visible due to the power of art
          • Ultimately nature has ruined the statute showing that nature and time have more power than anything else
    • Attitudes of the poem
      • Pride
        • The ruler is proud of what he has achieved ad calls on other rulers to admire what he has achieved
      • Arrogance
        • The ruler believes that he was the most powerful ruler in the land and that no one else could compete with him
      • Power
        • Human civilisation and achievementsare insignificant compared to the passing of time
        • Art has power to preserve elements of human existence but its only temporary

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