The Romantic Period Of Poetry Essay

812 Words Mar 16th, 2015 4 Pages
The Romantic period of poetry wasn’t just about the romantic imaginings of the natural life; it was rife with social and political issues. The Romantic Era was a particularly turbulent time for these problems and the writers of this time reflected day-to-day struggles with poverty, the crushing power of the ruling classes and the previous fall of the French nobles at the hands of those beneath them in various ways.
Shelley’s “Ozymandias” was one such politically driven poem. The idea that a civilization will be unable to outlast a work of art, in this case a statue of a probably long-since dead king was a reference to the turmoil England was in at the time. Shelley’s own feelings towards politics and perhaps the various hubris of humanity in general, came out during this poem. Since Shelley himself wasn’t fond of political machinations and especially of England at the time, “Ozymandias” makes a lot of sense with this context. The poem is very atypical of Shelley’s normal focus of beauty and fantasy within his poems, and “Ozymandias” is extremely serious, almost out-of-character for Shelley. Shelley’s own passionate feelings had extended out of the beauty of the world or his imagination and he’d been extremely against the politics of England. That the poem takes place in the desert with this giant stoic statue speaks to Shelley’s own views of politics: that such focus on something insubstantial and hollow will end with nothing but dust.
Although “Ozymandias” was an indirect…

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