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The message or theme of the poem of Ozymandias is that man is insignificant and his efforts are vain when compared to the forces of time and nature Shelly expertly uses diction in the poem to portray important ideas By encompassing time and nature into a theme Shelley brings a divine sense to the poem To consider the issue of the power of time and nature the poet has the narrator reporting on a meeting with a traveler from an antique land or Egypt who told of seeing in the desert the remains of a vast statue Only the legs remained standing The trunk was missing and the shattered face lay half buried in the sand he told that the sculptor had skillfully captured the frown the wrinkled lip and sneer on the shattered visage through passions well read The importance of this traveler is that of symbolism The traveler symbolizes the power that Ozymandias has lost in his death In health he was one of the most powerful people alive but now it takes a wandering traveler to spread a tale of the once great king The power of nature is well represented by this part of the poem also Ozymandias told his subjects to look on my works ye Mighty and despair however thanks to the power of nature there are barely and works left to look upon at all let alone despair upon It can be seen that nature has destroyed his works in the quotes shattered visage and sand half sunk Thus the major theme of the poem is reavealed The statue is described as a colossal wreck boundless and bare drawing a parallel for the reason in which it was built The condition of the stones descriptively worded by Shelley only emphasizes the despair drawn into the stone by the sculptors hand By using words such as frown sneer and mocked the author provides us with a slight portrait of
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