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Ozymandias to express to us that possessions do not mean immortality He used very strong imagery and irony to get his point across throughout the poem In drawing these vivid and ironic pictures in our minds Shelley was trying to explain that no one lives forever and nor do their possessions Shelley expresses this poems moral through a vivid and ironic picture A shattered stone statue with only the legs and head remaining standing in the desert the face is proud and arrogant Half sunk a shattered visage lies whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions readlines 4-6 On the pedestal of the statue there are these words My name is Ozymandias king of kings Look on my works ye Mighty and despairLines 10-11 However all that surrounds the statue is a desert This poem is written to express to us that possessions dont mean immortality the king who seemed to think that his kingdom would remain under his statues haughty gaze forever ironically teaches us this through his epitaph Look on my works ye Mighty and despairLine 11 becomes good advice though in an opposite meaning than the king intended for it comes to mean that despite all the power and might one acquires in the course of their life material possessions will not last forever In the end the Kings works are nothing and the lines inscribed upon his statue are a sermon to those who read it This is a poem about art Shelley used imagery and a very impressive ironical way to write this poem Basically the poem is divided into two parts the first eight lines are describing an ancient decayed sculpture seen by a traveler The last six lines however talk about the words on the pedestal and the desolate surroundings he contrasts the great sculpture with the surrounding emptiness which gave a stronger feeling about the poem
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