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English literature : poetry 

orange is for analyis 

OZYMANDIAS : "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert.

The statue is barely standing, the rest is ruined and missing. Suggesting that it is being eaten away by time and the desert, a futile struggle to survive where nobody is around to care.

My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: 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."

The tone, indicated by the exclamation is strong and authoritative, irony is that nobody is listening. Colossal, meaning vast or huge, is a metaphor for his ego rather than the statue. The lone and level sands outlast the statue, juxtaposed to the power and ego of the statue. Sands are also iconic of time.


Written by Shelly in a collection in 1819, it was inspired by the recent unearthing of part of a large statue of the Egyptian Pharoah, Ramesses II. The Egyptian Pharaohs like Ramesses believed themselves to be gods in mortal form and that their legacy would last forever 


written as a sonnet : has 10 syllables 

The statue is an allegory for the eventual end of power that everyone must suffer, especially the proud


 a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.


I wander through each chartered street

Chartered is something which is listed and regulated, the streets are clearly controlled but it suggests the Thames, the river likewise is controlled, nature controlled by man

and in every face i meet marks of weakness marks of woe 

.Blake is suggesting that everyone…


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