Ozymandias

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Summary

The narrator meets a traveller who talks about a statue of a king. A proud, arrogant face boasts in an inscription on base of a statue. The statue has crumbled away and all that remains is this inscription and some stone. He was a strong believer in power and leaving a legacy, although ironically, he did the opposite as nothing from his time remained

Language

  • Uses very old language - it is said in an old fashioned way ("shatter'd" and "mock'd")
  • Shows it is a very old and past civilisation "antique land"
  • "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone" - the legs are trunkless, suggesting that there was no foundation to his power, and that his people didn't like him, possibly showing that he gained his power through evil. Use of the word…

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