- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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