- Created by: gracefarthing
- Created on: 10-01-19 17:04
IRONY & RHYTHM
- thinks power will be immortal but instead it crumbles like statue
- poem is sonnet form (love) suggests ozymandias' love for himself/ego
- second hand account - highlights insignificance of ozymandias, how very few people have seen for themselves the statue he created to be immortalised
- no regular rhyme scheme- fragmented structure = kings shattered power + reflects thow human structures/power is temporary (mix of different sonnet represents shelley's rebellious nature
- caesura and enjambment - sense of fragmentation & mirrors broken statue and how power has crumbled.
- line 10- ozymandias' voice breaks iambic pentameter reflects belief that he's above law
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THEME: POWER OF HUMANS
- imperative verb 'look' - controlling
- repetiton 'king' - wishes to portray himself as being omnipotent suggests he's trying to deify himself
- caesura line 12 - ozymandias' power has tome to end temporary nature
- ruined statue is metaphor for current political state
- juxtaposition of 'colossal' and 'wreck' - contrast between former power and current state.
- 'cold command' - abused his power and was arrogant
- irony to highlight contrast about ozy's belief and his insignificant achievements compared to boundless desert
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- alliteration of harch 'b' and 'c' sound shows ozy has belittiling and an arrogant nature 'cold command' shows he thought everyone else was inferior to him.
- negative language used to describe ruler comes as result of pride 'sneer'
- these reflect shelley's own feelings towards kind and those who rule in cruel manner.
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- arrogance of rulers: arrogance of Ramses and other leaders, power has led to pride and the mistreatment of others
- power of art: art, language and literature are more enduring than human power - nothing remains of Ozymandias except a statue and an inscription
- messages still relevant today: temporary nature of political power &
abuse of power
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- He was politically radical and disapproved of the British monarchy
- could argue that this poem is a criticism of wielding (having and using) power in an undemocratic way and ruling as a tyrant.
- Shelley was a romantic poet- poem written in 1871
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