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I met a traveller from an antique land,Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;And on the pedestal, these words appear:My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal Wreck, boundless and bareThe lone and level sands stretch far away.”

About Percy Bysshe Shelley:Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in England in 1792. He had one brother and four sisters. He was the oldest child. He went to Eton college for six years, and following he went to Oxford. His first publication was a Gothic book in 1810 called Zastrozzi. He got married in 1810 and he moved to Scotland. They moved back to England in 1814. His wife was the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. During 1816-1820 he started producing major works of poetry. Sadly in 1822, he drowned in a storm traveling on his boat. He never hit 30. It relates to him because he wanted to show that it would outlast empires. One night him and his friend were talking about empires, and he got the idea of Ozymandias.

By Percy Bysshe Shelley


Paraphrase-A traveller from an antique land tells the speaker that a sculptor two vast legs of stone. On the stone it says, ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Figurative language-Imagery-Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command. Symbolism- The poem shows a king that went down. Two vast trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert.Irony- The king has this powerful arrogant voice yet his statue is on the ground. Title- The title is the name of an arrogant king.Message-Some great things will fade.

This image reminds me of Ozymandias because it deeply expresses what is said in the poem. Instead of the sculpture symbolizing a form of intimidation and rule, There it stood in the middle of the empty desert, showing what extreme arrogance can lead to: utter destruction.

On a Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt

In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows: "I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone, "The King of Kings; this mighty City shows "The wonders of my hand." The City's gone, Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon. We wonder, and some Hunter may express Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chase, He meets some fragments huge, and stops to guess

Horace Smith wrote a poem with an identical theme with Shelley’s poem. In fact, Horace Smith attempted to compete with Shelley’s poem, but it did not become as famous as Shelley’s sonnet. This poem is very identical to Shelley’s poem. It’s almost as if it was just rephrased. This poem has the same message: Human beings and everything of material values are bound to end someday.

By Horace Smith

The song, Viva la Vida, has the same message as the poem, Ozymandias. Both kings have both fallen. The two people were once great and they faded away. What is left of the king’s great structures has been torn down.

References:Shmoop Editorial Team. (2008, November 11). Ozymandias Poem Text. Retrieved March 19, 2015, from http://www.shmoop.com/ozymandias/poem-text.htmlShmoop Editorial Team. (2008, November 11). Ozymandias Theme of Art and Culture. Retrieved March 19, 2015, from http://www.shmoop.com/ozymandias/art-culture-theme.htmlShmoop Editorial Team. (2008, November 11). Ozymandias Summary. Retrieved March 19, 2015, from http://www.shmoop.com/ozymandias/summary.htmlPercy Bysshe Shelley biography. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/percy-bysshe-shelleyHorace Smith, "On a Stupendous Leg of Granite" - Hypertext Reader - Romantic Circles High School - Romantic Circles. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2015, from http://www.rc.umd.edu/sites/default/RCOldSite/www/rchs/reader/smith.html

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