ozymandias

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    • commentary
      • the narrator of shelly's poem says he met a traveller from an 'antique land then tells us the story the traveler told him.
      • The man had seen the remains of a huge statue in the dessert.
      • There were two enormous legs without a trunk and next to them lay a "visage".
      • At the foot of the statue were words which reflected the arrogance and pride of Ozymandias.
      • those words seem very hollow now as the magnificent statue is destroyed and none of the pharaoh's work have lasted.
    • sound
      • The poem is powerful when read aloud
      • The end of lines one and three rhyme but so do the first and last words of line three which gives it extra power.
      • lines 12 and 14 rhyme and words such as decay and away mean that the poem ends with a feeling of mystery and emptiness
    • form
      • Ozymandias is a sonnet.
      • it doesn't have the same simple rhyme scheme that most sonnets have.
      • some lines are split up by full stops and the rhyme is irregular at times.
    • The first line and a half are the narrators words the rest are of the traveler he meets.
    • 14-line block of text split up with lots of punctuation throughout.
    • imagery
      • He also places it in the middle of a huge desert with nothing else around it which highlights its fall from grace
      • what was once so magnificent- a symbol of the kings great power- is now 'sunk shattered lifeless"
      • we have no sympathy what so ever with the statue or the king though, due to some of Shelly's descriptions.
    • attitudes themes and ideas
      • Even the mightiest will fall.
      • you can't beat time.
      • The power of art and words

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