Ozymandias Percy Shelley

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  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Language
      • Semantic Field
        • "vast and trunkless" - deterioration
        • "Half sunk, a shattered visage"
        • "Decay...wreck"
      • Reported Speech
        • "Who said"- distancing effect
      • Assonance
        • "Wrinkled lip"
      • Alliteration
        • "boundless and bare"
        • "lone and level sands stretch.."
        • "Cold command"
      • Imperative
        • "Lok on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
      • Irony through Juxtaposition
        • "These lifeless things"
      • Rhyme- supports the theme of decay
        • "frown...stone"
    • context
      • A partial statue of Ramses ii (Ozymandias in Ancient Greek) was brought to London from Greece when this poem was written.
      • Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) Husband of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Friend to Lord Byron and drowned in a boating accident in Italy.
      • "I met a traveller" the character of the "traveller" reduces any direct criticism of monarchy/ government by Shelley.
    • form and structure
      • "beside remains" turning point mid-line shifts focus from statue to desert; Shelley disrupts traditional sonnet form, replicating breakdown of Ozymandias' power
      • Form - Sonnet
    • themes
      • "King of Kings" Arrogant Declaration
      • "pedastal" Power lifting itself up for display
      • "Which yet survive" Passions - i.e tyranny and arrogance - survive while the actual empire does not.


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