Ozymandiaz (Key Quotes ("vast...Trunkless...Stone" (emphasizes…
Egyptian pharaoh Ramesse II
Most powerful pharaoh
passing of time, however powerful they may have once been will crumble like a statue.
emphasizes size and stature but also shows that the statue is incomplete.
represent loss of power
lasts - semi-permanent, - immortality
represents loss of power
"shattered visage lies"
even powerful humans can't control the damaging effects of time
"sneer of cold command"
represent image of what he wanted to look like immortality
not very pleasent
sculptor understood the arrogance of the ruler
"the hand that mock'd them"
create a likeness of something
perhaps the sculpture intended his statue to make fun of Ozymandias
"of that colossal wreck"
ruined statue shows how human achievements are insignificant compared to the passing of time.
"Boundless and bare ... lone and level... stretch far away"
emphases the feeling of empty space/emptiness in the surrounding desert
time always gets to it
the desert is fast and survives far longer than the broken statue, emphasizing the insignificance of the statue and of Ozymandias.
no rhyming couplet
showing power of Ozymandias
makes own rules
Shelly doesn't follow sonnet rules
Power of Humans
Power of Nature
sonnet - 14 lines
usually represent love
emphasizes the harshness
their is always a end
no matter how powerful still didn't get the power he wanted
Shelly was a 'romantic' poet
only really became famous after his death
wrote this after hearing how an Italian explorer retrieved the statue from the desert.