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  • Name Ozymandias With Nature
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    Shelley tells us about this statue of the great King Ozymandias, and engraved on his pedestal reads: 'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my Works, ye Mighty and despair!' We read that passage and immediately think of the arrogance and pride that this man must of had. 'Look on my Works, ye Mighty and despair!' Works is capitalized as if it deserved reverence and awe. Shelley also tells us that this great statute has been shattered: 'Two vast and trunk less legs of stone stand in the de...
  • Colossal Statue Of A Proud King
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    In December 1817, Percy Bys she Shelley wrote one of the greatest poems in the English language. His poem, Ozymandias, was inspired by seeing a friend of his, Horace Smith, write a poem on a similar topic. Legend has it that Shelley was inebriated when he wrote the poem and that it took under 10 minutes to compose. Ozymandias was inspired by broken colossus of Ramesses II. The poem describes a sobering image to the reader. Through Shelley's vivid articulation and word choice, the reader can visu...
  • Hand And Heart
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    -Oz really enjoys the irony of that poem. Both for what it means to say, and because it references an oz in a manner showing his immortal greatness. Flattery gets you everywhere. We think of things that are seemingly a pinnacle of greatness today, not realizing that for all our boasts and thoughts of self importance that soon we will only be a faded memory, if that. Greatness today, sad broken down statuary 2000 years down the road. What do you think will be left of New York in the year 4000 A.D...
  • Subject Of Shelley's Poem
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    Ozymandias (1818) I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunk less legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, 5 Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed; imitated And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: 10 Look on my wo...
  • Nature's Commanding Presence In The Poem
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    Ozymandias This sonnet is written to express to the speaker that possessions don't mean immortality - ironically, the king who seemed to think that his kingdom would remain under his statue's egotistical gaze forever teaches us this through his epitaph. "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" becomes good advice, though in an opposite meaning than the king intended, for it comes to mean that despite all the power and might one acquires in the course of one's life, material possessions will n...
  • Great A King As Ozymandias
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    Ozymandias - by P. B Shelley "Ozymandias" is an unusual Petrarchan sonnet filled with caesuras and run-on lines, by which one is not aware of the rhyming scheme. It builds a crescendo up to the 9th verse. He creates his effects through the use of synonyms and the last words of every verse in a way sum up the story. It is a descriptive poem which is set in the background of "an antique land" and is told to us by the words of a traveler. It is a story with a moral: never be too proud or arrogant b...

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