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Even things that are cast in stone can be one day undone that things may fall and crumble there forgotten one by one It has been said time after time for as long as most anyone can recall a small saying that says nothing is cast in stone This poem is just another example that unlike something cast in stone nature will always conquer over all despite the way that mankind may think The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley tells readers the same thing in the poem Ozymandias through both exquisite wording and beautiful imagery The poem is a genius work about strength and the fall of false greatness told from the eyes of a traveler who encounters an elderly stranger In the poem the stranger tells him about the fall of a great kingdom that had thought itself unbeatable by even time The author uses the image of a statue as a symbol for this kingdom The image of a broken stone man which has been beaten down by nature and time plays as an example for many things The reader learned throughout the poem that not only did time and nature beat this great kingdom but also they themselves did it during their struggle to be great The image of two trunkless legs still planted and slowly being covered by the sand is in a way exposing how mankind thinks Men often believe they are unstoppable even by nature and time often comparing the elements to other men believing that the best surpasses even their power In another line the writer refers to the face of the statue left fallen in the sand its lips curled in a look of cold and cruel command This is a play on the way that mankind is by nature Mankind is a race that spends all its time rushing about using commands and war to strive for survival It is a common belief that
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