Ozymandias (Power and conflict) - Percy Bysshe Shelley


Background Information

Shelley was a deeply political man and did not believe in war. It is argued he is way ahead of his time. His work was never popular until after his death. The poem is a subtle attack on people in positions of power- it holds the idea that the power never lasts, and that people in power are deluded. 


The poem is about the speaker meeting a traveller who recalls his experience of seeing a once grand, huge statue of Ozymandias, now completely destroyed. 


The poem is a sonnet- a poem with 14 lines.


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