Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Historical Context
- Shelley's Context
- Extra Context
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Ozymandias - Historical Context
- The poem was written by Shelley in a collection in 1819.
- 'Ozymandias' was inspired by the finiding of a large statue of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramesses II.
- The Egyptian Pharaohs believed that they to be Gods in mortal form and believed their legacy would last forever.
- The base of the statue said: "King of Kings am I, Ozymandias. If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works."
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Ozymandias - Shelley's Context
- Shelley was a man who believed strongly in: freedom + equality for all people.
- He was also an Atheist
- His ideals about freedom and equality came from the French Revolution, meaning he was politically radical for his time.
- He devoted a lot of time to convincing others of the rightness of his beliefs.
- Shelley was expelled from Oxford Uni for his part in writing a pamphlet - The Necessity of Atheism.
- Atheism was an outrageous idea in 19th century England.
- He could possibly be presenting Ozymandias as a scornful ad spiteful leader, who does not care for his subjects.
- In order to persuade readers that successful leaders should try to rule for everyone and not just themselves. Perhaps he uses the name 'King of Kings' ironically in the poem.
- That is a Biblical term used to describe the Christian God.
- By showing Ozymandias describing himself as 'King of Kings', when he is actually fragile ad temporary as the rest of us, Shelley calls into question the very concept of God.
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Ozymandias - Extra Context
- Shelley is one of th most famous poets in English Literature.
- He is know for one of his roles in the group called - The Romantics.
- He was very wealthy and was to inherit both riches.
- He moved to the Lake District and continued to write.
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