Power and Conflict - Ozymandias quote analysis

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  • Created on: 13-09-18 17:56

Line 1

"I met a traveller from an antique land"

- The poem starts with a framing narrative (a story within a story)

- This distances the reader from Ozymandias making his power seem even more irrelvent as it makes him seem much further away

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Line 2

"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone"

- Tells us that the staute is incomplete

- emphasising the power of time and nature because the staute has faded/worn down over time

- Also reflects on the fact that Ozymandias' power has faded over time 

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Line 8

"the hand that mocked him and the heart that fed"

- Shows the power that the scuptor had, he portaryed him in a cold and aggrogant way to 'mock' him (which is how he will be seen as time goes on as art lives on longer tha people do)

- Also tells us that ozymandias was proud of the staute seeing it as something of honour whilst the scuptor didnt see it that way he wanted to make fun of him 

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Line 10 & 11

"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:

Look on my words, ye mighty, and despair!"

- The first line makes Ozymandias seem powerful as he is the 'king of kings' 

- However the second line is ironic saying 'ye mighty and despair' as really his power is temporary and unimportant

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Line 13

"Of that colossal wreck"

- Ruined staute shws human achievements are insignifcant compared to the passing of time 

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LIne 13 and 14

"boundless and bare, 

The lone level sands stretch far away." 

- Alliteration emphasises the feeling of empty space in the surronding desert making ozymandias seem more far away and unimportant 

- Also emphasies the power of time and nature 

- The desert is vast and survives longer than the broken statue emphasising the insignificanteness of the staute and ozymandias 

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