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How Do Both Beaumont And Shelley Discuss The Futility Of Pride And Power In Their Poems.

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How Do Both Beaumont And Shelley Discuss The Futility Of Pride And Power In Their Poems 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 are equal, 'Dropped from the ruined sides of kings; With whom the poor man's earth being shown The difference is not easily known' 'this scythe' the symbol of death 'that mows down kings' exempts no man so no matter how powerful they have become they will eventually be struck down by the scythe of death. ...read more.

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great men do good and grand things for the good of other people when they die the person that takes that place may not continue to carry out these good things. The same is true of today a good man might become President but then in eight years have to relinquish his title of President to a person with ideals that aren't as beneficial. Beaumont from this one line helps us remember that one great man is in the end only one man in a vast world who has a limited amount of time to make a difference. Beaumont writes about those who attempt to hide from the fact that with each day they grow older using the example of a woman who uses makeup to hide the fact that her age increases, 'Bid her paint till day of doom' this can ...read more.

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This shows that the deeds of those of living are remembered for some time when they die. In this case the selfish deeds of Ozymandias are remembered even after he dies. Ozymandias with 'the heart that fed' indulged himself in power, pride and selfishness, still their remains a 'pedestal' that says 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my 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.' Nevertheless whilst Beaumont and Shelley focus on the negatives of death. Tombs and statues are important in that they ensure that great and good men who have done great and good deeds are remembered and not forgotten but as Shelley points out all statues eventually fall. However in the course of time some heroes will always be remembered. ...read more.

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