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Flashcards in Ozymandias Deck (10):
1

What is it about

Describes the ruined statue, found in a desert of a once great and powerful king

2

Who is the poet

Percy Bysshe Shelley

3

What are the themes

Nature
Power
Travel
Identity
Art
Ambition
Time
Change

4

What’s the structure

Written as a sonnet though it does not follow a regular rhyme scheme. Lambic pentameter

5

What does the poem show

Shows even huge ‘invincible’ things can be reduced to nothing. All humans face death and decay

6

‘Two vast and trunkless legs of stone sand in the desert’

The rest of the statue has been destroyed. Shows his power may of been huge but there was no substance to it, it soon faded away. Shows the isolation of the statue.

7

‘Half sunk, a shattered visage lies’

Negative description. Nature has eroded and destroyed this symbol of human power. Suggests the natural environment will always outlast any human settlement. Reminding us of our mortality

8

‘Sneer of cold command’

Suggesting pride- no sympathy

9

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: looks on my works, ye mighty and despair!’

Best of all- religious links- comparing himself to God. Talking to other pharaohs.

10

‘Nothing besides remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck’

Emptiness, decay, all is gone. Nothing to look at- giant wreck. Even the mightiest will fall