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Written by Percy Bysshe Shelley Paraphrase: The speaker subjects Ramesses II (Ozymandias) to a moral lesson about time and its effect on excessive pride. She embodies Ramesses’ mortality in the form of a statue to represent his dying legacy and his ironic lack of power.
“Ozymandias” is a sonnet, a fourteen-line poem metered in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is somewhat unusual for a sonnet of this era; it does not fit a conventional Petrarchan pattern, but instead interlinks the octave (a term for the first eight lines of a sonnet) with the sestet (a term for the last six lines), by gradually replacing old rhymes with new ones in the form ABABACDCEDEFEF.
Powerful figures including kings, should not be prideful no matter how powerful they think they are. Ultimately, in the end, time consumes all and no earthly power will surpass fate and times pleasing. Everyone dies including people of power.
Time destroys the prideful and leaves their legacies in the dust. Ozymandias, once a powerful yet prideful leader, considered himself to be the "king of kings". His statue, the last remnant of his legacy, is fragmented and buried in the sand, indicating that Ozymandias' pride was his ultimate downfall.
The speaker emphasizes the kings downfall by using vivid imagery to describe the fragmented nature of the statue in the poem. The speaker emphasizes the longevity of the statue in contrast to the king himself to further highlight the kings downfall and the deterioration of his legacy. The author highlights the beauty of Egyptian art by emphasizing the prominent features of the statue.
Tone: The overall tone of the poem is that of a mocking one. Throughout the poem the writer often distances himself from the king calling the land he Is setting foot on "antique land". This further shows the distance between the Kings faded ideology and that of the present time of the writer. Another tone would be sarcastic/ironic because the poet compares what once was, to the current era, demonstrating how time prevailed over mortality and human engineering.
Line 1 – The antique land could allude to Ancient Egypt Line 2 – Vivid imagery depicts a large statue Line 3 - The statue lies in the desert Line 4 - Shattered visage symbolizes a broken identity, or a fragmented legacy Line 5 - The statue is prideful and arrogant Line 6 - The statue was masterfully created Line 7 - The statue itself outlived the man who created it and the man it depicts - art is everlasting
Line 8 - "pedestal" the use of diction depicts how Ozymandius thinks of himself. Line 9 - "king of kings" – Ozymandias viewed himself as a god. Lines 9 - 10 Ozymandias’ engraved quotation on the statue shows how highly he thinks of himself Lines 11 - 14 Irony - although what is written may have been valid, nature obviously out lived human creation and mortality.
The shift occurs in line 9, as the words of the statue come alive to emphasize the excessive pride of Ozymandias. The impression of a "sneer of cold command" is confirmed; one can visualize the mocking attitude that Ozymandias himself would have proclaimed. The shift in line 9 changes the focus of the poem from the description of the statue to the hubris of Ozymandias.