About Ramses II. Its a dramatic monologue in a sonnet format. Shows the statues character as lonely and crumbled - a shadow of his former self.
Theme is the decline of leaders and their empires. LOSS.
The character seems to be alienated from history itself.
The poet starts off with 'I met a traveller from an antique land' - this distances him from the views expressed in the poem because he was a quite radical thinker for the times and many disagreed with his points of view.
He uses harsh and contemptuous words showing the arogance associated with leaders of that time - they saw themselves as aloof from all others.
He is called the 'king of kings' this is linked to the ancient egyptian beliefs.
Finally he shows the final decaying moment of the statue that creates the thought of the decaying empire dying with it.