In the poem Shelly portrays Ozymandius as an arrogant powerful king who has built a massive statue in the middle of the desert so people can remember him every time they see it.
In the poem Shelly shows how powerful Ozymandius thought he was by saying he called himself “kings of kings” this is a bible reference which implies that Ozymandius thought he was above everyone including God and he also mocks his own people by saying “Look in my works ye mighty and despair”” this means that he is saying to his people that they will that they will never be as great and powerful as he was. Shelly also uses the quote “the hand that mocked them and the heart that feed them” this means that Ozymandius fed his people no sense of pride and respect.
However Shelly says that like everything time it ages and that the status of Ozymandius built has aged and started to collapse. He says that the statue that Ozymandius built has aged and started to collapse. He says that the once the great statue of Ozymandius has a “shattered visage” this with a “wrinkled lip” these are signs of ageing and decay. He also calls the statue sneer of cold command this is important because this sums up Ozymandius as a person and what the poet and his people thought of him. The moral of the poem is that although Ozymandius had a lot of money and was a powerful person people didn’t remember him for this instead they remembered him for the evil tyrant he was. So people will not remember you for how strong or powerful or rich you were instead they will remember you for the person you were.
The poem was written itself was written by Percy Shelly and is a sonnet with a rhyme scheme of ABABACDEFFF. The poem uses alliteration and bible references to emphasise his point “my name is Ozymandius king of kings.
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