Ozymandias

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  • Created on: 16-09-18 17:00
How does Shelley present power in ozymandias?
He first presents the arrogance and power of man before undermining it.
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How does form present the power of man?
The sonnet form was popular in love poetry and reflects how Ozymandias loves himself and sees himself as special and superior. The sculpture he demands is like a sonnet for himself)
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Quotation for the power of man (1)
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed
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Quotation for power of man (2)
My name is ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
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How does form undermine the power of man?
the sonnet form changes from a Petrarchan sonnet, to a Shakespearean to a new type of sonnet which doesn't follow the expected rhyme scheme, reflecting how power doesn't last forever and is replaced time and time again
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What is another way form undermines power of man?
The use of three narratives displace the reader even further from the time of the king reflecting how the king is almost completely forgotten (goes well with half sunk quote)
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Quotation that undermines power of man (1)
near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies
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Quotation that undermines the power of man (2)
round the decay of that colossal wreck... the lone and level sands stretch far away
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(context): romanticism, French Revolution
romantic writers focused on how man was below more powerful forces such as nature, Shelley was against military which king george3 enforced, jibe at monarchy which the French Revolution was overthrowing
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Best poems to compare to:
My Last Dutchess- Browning & The Prelude- Wordsworth
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The sonnet form was popular in love poetry and reflects how Ozymandias loves himself and sees himself as special and superior. The sculpture he demands is like a sonnet for himself)

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