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Ozymandias 1818I met a traveler from an antique landWho 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 5Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive stamped on these lifeless thingsThe hand that mocked them and the heart that fed imitatedAnd on the pedestal these words appearMy name is Ozymandias king of kings 10Look on my works ye Mighty and despairNothing beside remains Round the decay Of that colossal wreck boundless and bareThe lone and level sands stretch far awayHumans throughout history have striven to overcome their mortalityby leaving something of themselves behind -- evidence of their existence The subject of Shelleys poem Ozymandias is an ancient king who sharedthis common desire but not in a common way He not only wanted to leavebehind a record of himself for future generations he wanted his memoryexalted above that of others and even above the Mighty who would liveafter him He did not want to give up at death the power he had wieldedin lifeThe irony in this poem lies in the difference between whatOzymandias intends -- to hold onto the glory of his works after time takesits course with him -- and what actually happens This great monumentsfrown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command and the inscriptionon the pedestal are all meant to inspire fear in the viewer Howevernatural weathering and possibly destruction due to conquest havedismembered this image of the king and rid him of the awe-inspiringability he once possessedRhyme plays an elusive part in Ozymandias which when one lookscloser emphasizes certain aspects of the king While rhyme is presentno recognizable rhyme scheme is used The pattern is as follows with representing a slant rhyme a b a b a c d c e d e f e f the seconde is a slant of
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