Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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  • Ozymandias
    • Poem
      • Narcissistic- loves himself
      • Context
        • Ozymandias
          • 'Ozymandias' comes from Greek, meaning "to rule", "air" and "to breathe".
            • Adds to the aura of self- importance.
          • Ozymandias was also the Greek name for the Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II
            • Poem is said to be influenced by the arrival of a colossal statue pf Rameses II in London
    • Structure
      • Petrarchan sonnet
        • Usual lay out is an octave (1st eight lines), a volta- typically a changing point (1 line) and then a sestet (6 lines)
          • In this poem the octave is about the ruins and the sestet about how he used to be.
        • Rhyming pattern: Octave- abba abba     VOLTA!      Sestet- cde cde
      • Why it is unlike a sonnet
        • Rhyme scheme is overridden by king wanting control
        • Statue is all alone and never been loved so doesn't love back
        • ALTERNATIVE: About king's love for himself

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