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How is the idea of 'Time' treated in the two poems 'ozymandias' and 'to his coy mistress'

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How is the idea of 'Time' treated in the two poems 'OZYMANDIAS' and 'TO HIS COY MISTRESS' The two poems make similar points about time. The first of the two 'OZYMANDIAS' makes the point that life is not permanent and there is only one thing we share and that is mortality. In our everyday life we get caught up in it, we forget that we have been overlooking life itself, we only ever realise it when we think of the poem as a meditation on the subject of time. ...read more.

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It is a sonnet. It made him realise that even the greatest rulers on earth are only on earth temporarily. It made him realise that the greatest civilisations that once ruled the world will fade to dust. It made him realise that the only thing that is permanent is time itself and we as mortals are in the grand scale of things, completely insignificant. In this poem P.B SHELLEY talks about a meeting with a stranger from an antique, ancient civilisation and most of all a lost civilisation. ...read more.

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This quotation shows how wrong this so called great ruler was because he thought he would make a marker in the worlds history but in time gone by he didn't. This once great statue now stands in what was once a great civilisation now sand stretching for miles. "Stand in the desert ...." This quotation shows how what was once a great statue and civilisation is now a wreck of stone standing alone in the desert with no significance in life. You can tell by the following quotation how powerful this ruler was ...read more.

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