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Ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley was a rebel from the British upper class He was married to Harriet Westbrook and friend with Byron Although he died very young at the age of thirty he left behind him valuable writings Ozymandias is without doubt a poem of such kind The poem is an Italian sonnet and describes the remains of a ancient glorious ruin seen by a common traveler from an antique land1 The subject of Shelleys poem is more subtle than it seems Found in the multitude of Romantic themes and made with a great combination of literary devices the subject is is the eternal human desire to leave something behind to overcome the mortality and to leave an evidence of existence Using different literary devices Shelley sharply contours the theme of overcoming human mortality Imagery creates a special effect on the poem The image of the old statue is describedas Two vast and trunkless legs of stone that Stand in the desert2-3 Meanwhile Near them on sand Half sunk a shattered visage lies 3-4 The statues wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command tell that its sculptor well those passions read 6 The opposition in the poem creates the dramatic effect of irony The difference between the image that actually exists in the dessert and Ozymandiass intends after his death is the basic ironical idea here The fact that nobody is there to fear the power of the unexistent kingdom and the kings harsh words also underlines the entire paradox formed The ancient kings common desire presented in the theme and his try to put it in an uncommon way is also a good example Like all the later Romantics Shelleys theme of humans wish to leave something behind is one from the major characteristics of the Romantic era Shelley moves from the Classic and Neoclassic era He moves away from tradition and reason invoking nature for his
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