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- Created on: 06-06-17 18:51
Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
- Refers to Ramses II; Napoleon was an arrogant military leader at time of writing; Shelley was a Romantic poet and left wing, arguing for greater equality and democracy.
- From this Shelley is saying that power is transient, power is temporary and never lasts.
- He never allows us to be impressed by Ozymandias as he keeps telling us that power won't last.
- LAYOUT - Framed narrative makes Ozymandias' long lost kingdom seem even more distant and less imposing.
Lines 1 - 5
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand
Half sunk, a shatterered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Lines 6 - 10
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Lines 11 - 15
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Key Quotes to Learn
"whose frown/ And wrinckled lip, and sneer of cold command" - Cold command emphasizes the harshness of ozymandius through the use of plosives.
"'Look on my works, ye Mighty, and depair.'/ Nothings beside remains" - irony because nothing is is there, Ozymandias' power was only temporary and now he is only a memory.
"The lone and level sands stretch far away" - lone and level gives a sense of equality, although he was high up in his times, nature has leveled him out with everyone else.