Ozymandias

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  • Ozymandias
    • Context
      • Shelley was a Romantic Poet
      • He was a 'radical'
      • From wealthy family
      • Expelled from Oxford due to essay on atheism
      • About Ramesses ii
        • Egyptian Pharaoh
        • Greek name was 'Ozymandias'
          • Ozy - to breathe air
          • Mandias - to rule
    • Structure
      • Petrarchan sonnet
        • Poem of 14 lines and written in iambic pentameter
        • Doesn't follow typical rhyme scheme
          • Shows structure can be destroyed through art
          • Links with theme of power
      • One stanza split up only by punctuation
      • Volta - line 9
    • Themes
      • Arrogance + pride
      • Power of nature
        • Exposure
        • Kamikaze
      • Power of humans
    • Message
      • Power is temporary. Even power belonging to a great ruler.
    • Linked poems
      • The Prelude (power of nature, pride)
      • My Last Duchess (inanimate objects, power of humans, pride)
      • Tissue (power of humans/ nature)
      • Storm On The Island (power of humans/ nature)
    • Techniques
      • Alliteration- "lone and level"
      • Plosive- "boundless and bare"
      • Semantic field
        • Vast, shattered, passions, stamped on, mocked, pedestal, king of kings, ye Mighty, colossal

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