Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless 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,
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:

And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘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.

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symbolism

example;”whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,”

 

Percy Shelley uses symbolism in ozymandias to communicate the idea of the kings hubris. The sonnet is about a king who once had a mighty empire and complete power who had great pride in his empire and work so he decided to get sculptor to build a statue and pedestal to let his legacy live on. But after all this all he now has left is a destroyed statue and pedestal in a desert. The example “whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,”

 

significant connections:

In the poem ‘Ozymandias’ written by Percy Shelley hubris is the main theme of the poem. The poem is about a king named Ozymandias who once ruled over a mighty kingdom where people feared his power. To let his legacy live on forever, Ozymandias got a sculptor to sculpt a statue to represent his empire, pride and name so they live on forever. But after all this when you visit the statue now it is destroyed and sitting a desert

In the poem ‘Ozymandias’ written by Percy Shelley hubris is the main theme of the poem. Percy Shelley uses a volta to represent Ozymandias’s hubris. “‘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 change of time in this quote shows the kings excessive pride in himself and the confidence that he will be remembered, But when we move back to the present we see “Nothing beside remains”

 

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