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Ozymandias 'Ozymandias' is a petrachan sonnet, evident from the 10 syllable lines and the shift in argument past line eight. It is full of imagery and mystery. Set in context, similar to the framing of 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge. Shelley tells a story or at least that is how I perceive the sonnet. 'I met a traveller from an antique land Who said:' Immediately the framing of the sonnet allows the story to become more tangible and believable. The context of somebody else's words emphasises Shelley's use of a Greek translation ('Ozymandias' - meaning Rameses II), maybe a connection to the passing on of Greek myths and legends. ...read more.


We know from historical evidence that he was a forceful leader, Shelley describes a perspective of him when referring to the statues appearance 'A wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command'. When I read this line I think of someone 'cold' and demanding, dictating. The 'sculptor' is in fact the public or people who he reigned over. The word 'passion' really emphasises the strength of hatred people feel towards 'Ozymandias'. There are three words throughout the poem that are all similar, 'trunkless...lifeless...boundless'. They all describe an almost half life. A statue is not renound for having no trunk and it is not looked upon as a 'lifeless thing' but of one remembered for something outstanding in life. ...read more.


He will never come back. I refer to the decay as ironic because Ozymandias was someone so immense that with 'nothing beside' remaining the two, 'nothing' and 'besides' become ironically juxtaposed. The petrachan style of sonnet had allowed this change, maybe this is why Shelley chose to write to this particular structure. As well as it being structured a sonnet is to the point and blunt. Emphasis of words for emotional impact is greater than flowing sentences found in free verse. They are short and require thought and application of strict techniques like assonance or consonance, Shelley has repeated the 's' sound with 'sand...shattered...survive...stamped', when you look closely the words contradict or juxtapose the others meaning, rather like the reign to the decay of Ozymandias. ...read more.

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