Nothing remains of his empire. Without legs on which to stand, his kingdom has lost its momentum and has subsequently been devoured by the sand. Although he was standing up against the wickedness of authority in the name of free people, he was outcast by the very people he sought to encourage, for they disapproved of his unconventional lifestyle in love and marriage in addition to his personal godlessness. Two Poets Compete Before we get to the poem, we're going to talk about how it was written. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! It is suggestive of how pride and glory of power fade away with time. Ozymandias was a real guy. Inferred in this theme is the certainty of our own passing into worldly obscurity.
B The subject is art and the theme is that art can immortalize beauty. Ozymandias was another name for Ramesses the Great, Pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt. So, there's a parallel he might be drawing between the hubris, or the boldness, boastfulness, of Great Britain and the arrogance of Ozymandias. Oldfather: , accessed 12 April 2014. The sonnet is about the ruins of a statue of Ozymandias. It kind of has this added of being regarded as really valuable or interesting or perhaps having produced a lot of antiques. The reader also does not know where the speaker first met this sojourner.
The tone of the poem involves an element of schadenfreude , the gloating over someone elses misfortune, in that it describes how the mighty Rameses Ozymandias , King of Upper and Lower Egypt, and the great civilization he once ruled, had pas … sed into oblivion and were now just broken statues in the desert sands. It's got a 'k' in it; that's kind of a neat thing for a word to have. Death, represented often through water and reference to Greek mythology in his works, is a common occurrence in Shelley's canon. The Poem So, the poem itself - let's dive right in. A consistent theme of the Romantic poets is the mutability of human existence—in this case, the inevitable fall of the mighty into obscurity. Actually this sonnet got its content from the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus who wrote about a massive Egyptian statue quoting the inscription under it.
Ozymandias I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. So, it's the head of the statue, plunked down next to the legs. It encapsulates a great story about Ramses, the past king of Egypt. Throughout the first seven stanzas, she treats Sir John Graeme's love for her, and then his death, lightly. The desert represents the fall of all empires—nothing powerful and rich can ever stay that strong forever.
The leader, much like his land, and much like the broken statue depicting him, has fallen. He's saying that not only is my empire awesome but it should make the most powerful other leaders despair because of its awesomeness: 'I'm going to let you finish, but Egypt was the best empire of all time. Shelley's poem appeared on 11 January and Smith's on 1 February. Thus, his poetry becomes a kind of prophecy, and through his words, a poet has the ability to change the world for the better and to bring about political, social, and spiritual change. The traveler begins by describing the statue in the sand: it is a huge pair of bodiless legs standing next to a fallen face. We're going to be doing something called , which is what it sounds like: looking really closely at the details in the poem.
At first, there is no clear indication that he actually is dying: his illness is first mentioned by Barbara Allan, who bases her diagnosis on her first glance at him. Everything and everyone dies someday, except good art, could be a one-sentence summary of the poem. That certainly gives an impression of his proud and commanding nature. Even his statue is now reduced to dust. It is a sonnet, first published in The Examiner in 1818. Maybe the 'mighty' - you might suggest if you stretched it far enough, the higher ups in Britain - despair because they see that their empires can't last either.
This is also called an ekphrastic poem. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft. By poem's end, she has grown into a person who can bond with another while retaining her rough personality. More than that, he's describing himself as the 'king of kings,' which is the nickname that usually is reserved for Jesus. Also it's interesting to understand the background of the poet, at the time of writing this poem. This could be seen as a Romantic notion; the notion of the power of art is what the Romantics were really into. The power of nature is well represented by this part of the poem also.
Martyred by society and conventional values, the Christ figure is resurrected by the power of nature and his own imagination and spreads his prophetic visions over the earth. In conclusion, the main themes of the poem are nicely summed up in mans insignificance to time and nature. There is absolutely nothing left. Look at the other words Shelley uses - 'decay,' 'bare,' 'lone'. While Ozymandias ruled with an iron fist, the sculptor really created the timeless work, the thing that lasted long after his death. The statue, however, still boasts of the accomplishments this civilization had in the past.
Even after Sir John's death in stanza 6, Barbara Allan behaves as if they are still engaged in clever banter, saying good-bye as if she were merely leaving for another appointment. The sonnet is in Iambic pentameter with some irregularities. It's like Ozymandias for the common man. The ironic theme that emerges in this poem is that the statue represents a man who was a powerful and proud king. English Romantic poet 1792—1822 wrote a , first published in the 11 January 1818 issue of in London. She may be acting properly within the rules of their particular relationship.