Essays on Ozymandias

Ozymandias: Notes and Explanations
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An antique land  ancient country; here; Egypt. Egyptian civilization is one of the oldest in the history of the world. Who said  the traveller said. Two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert- The two huge legs of a broken statue stand in the desert. The trunk or the upper portion of the statue is severed from the legs and lies nearby. (This is a common sight in Egypt. Many broken and half-buried statues of ancient kings…...
The Fall of Ozymandias
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Humanity may be considered the most powerful force on the planet, leaving lasting legacies and accomplishing major milestones throughout history. However, as time slips by, everything seems to somehow slowly disappear into the background as white noise, as current events mute memories of the forgotten past, revealing humanity’s greatest threat: time. In Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias”, the reader observes the fallen remains of the stone statue of King Ozymandias, which displays how detrimental time can be against mankind. Through the…...
On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey, Death the Leveller, Ozymandias, My Busconductor and Let Me Die a Youngman’s Death 
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In opening line of the poem On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey, Francis Beaumont draws our attention to the subject of death and specifically our own with his use of the ominous and commanding line, "Mortality, behold and fear!" This immediately reminds us that we are all mortal and therefore will all die. The poem then goes on to demonstrate the fact that we are all equal due to our mortality and thus worldly power is rendered meaningless by death.…...
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Ozymandias by Byron Shelley
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I met a traveler 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, 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…...
In Ozymandias and Spring and Fall how do Shelley and Hopkins explore the passage of Time?
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Ozymandias and Spring and Fall are two poems, which at first glance have little in common. Ozymandias is a traveller's tale, a story that reminds the reader of something they have read before, perhaps in a children's book, long ago. This is shown in the first line - "I met a traveller from an antique land". It sounds like the beginning of a well-known story and the reader can tell instantly that it will be about the past by the…...
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How Do Both Beaumont And Shelley Discuss The Futility Of Pride And Power In Their Poems?
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Beaumont makes clear in his poem how wasted power is when you are dead. 'How many royal bones' are their in 'this heap of stones', the answer is many powerful and important men and women rest in walls of Westminster Abbey but for what is their power and importance worth in death, nothing and that is the message Beaumont is trying to get across to the reader. Beaumont shows that death is the great equalizer for in death all men…...
Analysis “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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The title of the poem looks like it is going to be about someone who was important once upon a time. Paraphrase The writer met a traveler who saw the powerful pharaoh Ozymandias or he saw his statue. The traveler tells the writer that the statue was all in pieces in the sand in the middle of the desert. Ozymandias was a great and powerful king but nothing left from him and his empire anymore. Connotation: Metaphor: the statue represents…...
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“London” by William Blake and “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In the poems, London' and Ozymandias', the poets successfully portray power using references to religion, wealth and position. The title of the poem 'Ozymandias' is a biblical reference and translates to king of kings'. It shows that the king the poem is about has a sense of arrogant pride and a belief in the immortality of his power. This could link to the downfall of the king and suggests that it was a punishment from God. Both poets use religious…...
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Ozymandias and Death the Leveller
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"Death is a leveller", this statement implies that death makes everyone equal or 'level'. In the poems, "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley and "Death the Leveller" by James Shirley, they each portray this in similar ways. Each refer to this statement by using the notion of a powerful figure, who would seem to be 'invincible', forgotten through time, hence forth, making them equal to people who would have achieved very little within their lifetime. In "Ozymandias", Percy Bysshe Shelley relates…...
The Irony in the Poem Ozymandias
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In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, there is an overriding irony presented to show the difference between the sculptor and the sculpture of the pharaoh Ramesses the Great. Ozymandias was actually another name for the pharaoh, who ruled over the nineteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt. Shelley’s poem showed the mockery which seem to be evident with the sculptor creating a very similar image of the pharaoh.             The irony in the poem can be seen in line 8, about “the…...
A Poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Compare the way the central characters are presented in ‘checking out me history’ by John Agard and ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poems ‘Checking out me History and ‘Ozymandias’ both use a wide range of various language and structure techniques to explore in great detail the central characters as well as their thoughts and feelings. The poem ‘Checking out me history’ uses various structural techniques to present the main character and to show his views, which also explains his…...
Comparison of Poems the Magpies and Ozymandias
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In the two poems, The Magpies by Denis Glover and Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley a common theme is that of man’s immortality. In The Magpies this theme is made especially apparent through the comparison of the immortality of Elizabeth and Tom with nature’s ability to remain constant due to its continuous regeneration. Meanwhile, in Ozymandias a king has a statue built however just like him the statue does not survive and is actually left abandoned and forgotten in the…...
The Correlation Between Behind Story and Symbol in Shelly’s Ozymandias
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Background study Symbol is important in our life because symbol can be used to give information through picture, line, color, etc. For example, symbol that gives information or command through picture is picture mosque that usually presents in both side of the road. It gives us information that there is mosque near that road. Other example, symbol that use color. As we have seen every day traffic light in road unconsciously organize rider and driver that use the road. Each…...
“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"Ozymandias" (pron.: /ˌɒziˈmændiəs/,[2] also pronounced with four syllables in order to fit the poem's meter) is a sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818 in the 11 January issue of The Examiner in London. It is frequently anthologised and is probably Shelley's most famous short poem. It was written in competition with his friend Horace Smith, who wrote another sonnet entitled "Ozymandias" seen below. In addition to the power of its themes and imagery, the poem is notable for…...
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Poetry and Ozymandias Heart
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How life goes on: the analyzing of diction and imagery in “ Ozymandias” The poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley is about a traveler telling the speaker about a statue in the desert. This statue is half sunk in the sand and the traveler explains that the “sneer of cold command” on the statue’s face shows that the sculptor understood the passions of the statue’s subject. This man sneered at the people who were not as powerful as him, but…...
“Ozymandias” Themes
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The message or theme of the poem of "Ozymandias" is that man is insignificant and his efforts are vain when compared to the forces of time and nature. Shelly expertly uses diction in the poem to portray important ideas. By encompassing time and nature into a theme Shelley brings a divine sense to the poem. To consider the issue of the power of time and nature, the poet has the narrator reporting on a meeting with a traveler from 'an…...
Irony in Ozymandias
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Shelly produces a wonderful piece of irony in Ozymandias. When looking at Ozymandias we should look at the Greek breakdown of the name. "Ozy comes from the Greek 'ozium,' which means to breath, or air. Mandias comes from the Greek 'mandate,' which means to rule," notes Biterman in his analysis of the poem. The fact that the derivative of the great Ozymandias's name is Ruler of Air is where the irony begins. When one looks upon what was written on…...
Power in ‘Ozymandias’ (page 14) and in one other poem from Character and voice: Compare
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Bothe Ozymandias and The River God have a strong theme of power throughout the poems. Power in The River God is first present when the river says “But I can drown those fouls” The use of the word “can” brings out the power of the river. He has the choice over people’s lives and the river is not afraid to let us know this. The whole sentence sounds like The River God is trying to add fear to whomever he…...
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In Ozymandias and Spring and Fall how do Shelley and Hopkins explore the passage of Time?
...However they explore the passage of time in different ways in that in Ozymandias the passage of time is yet to pass, whilst in Spring and Fall it already has. The people are used by the poets in different ways too, in Ozymandias Shelley talks about a...
How Do Both Beaumont And Shelley Discuss The Futility Of Pride And Power In Their Poems? works, ye mighty and despair' but nothing remains for us to despair at for the land is 'boundless and bare,' and the literally as well as metaphorical sands have washed any greatness away and 'The lone and level sands stretch far away.' Neverthele...

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