Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Ozymandias '

832 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Around 1279 BCE to 1213 BCE, a pharaoh by the name Ramesses the Great, also known as Ozymandias, became the ruler of the nineteenth dynasty in ancient Egypt. When Percy Bysshe Shelley heard of the decayed statue of Ramesses the Great, he decide to base a poem, Ozymandias, on the ancient pharaoh. Ozymandias is one of Shelley’s most famous works due to the vast assortment of literary context, including the imagery, the deeper meaning of word choices, and the different morals that could be concluded from the poem. The poem, between the setting and the statue, is full of imagery. The first setting described in the poem is when the first speaker meets the traveler, the second speaker, and describes he is “from an antique land”. It is not known where the first speaker and the traveler are, but a person can gather that the traveler is from the same area that the statue is at. The second setting described in the poem is when the traveler describes the statue condition and its surroundings. The traveler described the statue as “two vast and trunkless legs” and a “half sunk… shattered visage” with a “frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”. The statue has decayed throughout the centuries, and now lies in pieces almost complete hidden from sight by the desert’s sand. The sculptor portrayed Ozymandias through the details on the statue as a powerful and commanding leader who would do anything to again power. The way the traveler describes the statues “vast legs” and…

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