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Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias        In "Ozymandias," Percy Bysshe Shelley uses a ruined statue of Ramses II to illustrate the negative aspects of the sublime.  Edmund Burke identified as sublime "the experience of contemplating enormous heights and depths but also the experience of being isolated from other humans" (Ferguson 339).  Both of these themes figure prominently in "Ozymandias."               The poem opens with a mysterious "traveler from an antique land" (1) describing the demolished statue of Ozymandias (Ramses II).  The traveler serves as the human consciousness required to give force to the ideas of the destructiveness of nature and the annihilation of mankind.  Because the human mind can attribute destructiveness to nature, nature needs humans for it to be perceived as destructive and to continue to be destructive (Ferguson 339).  As Shelley does not state specifically how the statue was destroyed, and given its remote location, on might assume its destruction was due to an act of nature.  The legs of the statue are described as "vast" (2), while the ruins are a "colossal Wreck" (13); both descriptions refer to the concept of the sublime as awe-inspiring and terrifying....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays]
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The Superego Behind the Id in Ozymandias - The Superego Behind the Id in Ozymandias "Ozymandias" written by Percy Shelley, represents the psychological forces of the id as well as the superego, as a charceter in a poem, and as a poetic work. In the poem we encounter a traveler. He brings a message from the desert. There is a statue that exists alone among the rocks and sand. Stamped on the pedestal of that statue are these words, "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!" We can gather from his warning that Ozymandias, as a man, was controlled by his Id....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 601 words
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Ozymandias, King of Nothing - Ozymandias, King of Nothing In "Ozymandias", Percy Byshe Shelley relates a description of a mysterious land laid to waste as told to a man by an unnamed traveler. Granted, the poem was written after Shelley had seen ruins of the ancient Egyptian Empire imported to England, but in the poem is something greater, a portrait of a man who built himself during the span of his life to a position of great power, only to be discovered centuries later with nothing but eroded stone to his name. The particular words that Shelley chose to describe a lost, grand and ruined kingdom are all words of powerful connotation....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 893 words
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Power and Despair in Ozymandias - Power and Despair in Ozymandias To despair is one of the strongest emotions that Freud's id could possibly produce. It's an uncontrollable feeling that leads even the worthiest and most powerful men to emptiness and hopelessness. In the 14-line poem, "Ozymandias" by PB Shelley, Shelley chooses the greatest setting for utter despair in using a desert. Power and despair are greatly correlated in this poem as well as many others. Under the immediate assumption that Ozymandias is the sculptor of the barren statues, one must realize that even kings cannot contain their passions and emotions....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 405 words
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The Message of Carpe Diem in Ozymandias - The Message of Carpe Diem in Ozymandias Watching the clock on the wall. Cannot seem to wait until class is over. Perhaps you should slow down and enjoy the present. Ozymandias learns a harsh lesson on enjoying time. "Ozymandias" is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley where the king of kings, Ozymandias, learns that time is to be lived in the present and when it is gone there is no way of getting it back. At the beginning of this poem Shelley writes of a narrator telling about an encounter with a man from an antique land....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 782 words
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Authority in Ozymandias and The Second Coming - Authority in Ozymandias and The Second Coming Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" portrays the past power of authority symbolized by the once great world power of Egypt. William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming" portrays the past power religion once had over the world, gradually lost ever since the end of Shelley's era of Romanticism. "Ozymandias" was written in a time when human rule coupled with religious guidance, but was slowly easing away from that old tradition as they entered the highly progressive era of the Victorians....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 398 words
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Analyzing the Spectrum of Ozymandias - Analyzing the Spectrum of Ozymandias The poem "Ozymandias" tells a story about a traveler, who reveals his or her story to the narrator of the poem. The author of the poem is Percy Bysshe Shelley. He keeps the interest of the poem by using constant sounds and images that are clear and concise, by supplying mystery with words that have more than one meaning, and by using a spectrum of words that capture the interpreters attention. These series of sounds are noticeable from the second line of the text....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 771 words
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Free Essays - Ozymandias by Percy Shelley - Ozymandias by Percy Shelley Daniel 4:37: "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down." Shelley tells us about this statue of the great King Ozymandias, and engraved on his pedestal reads: "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my Works, ye Mighty and despair!" We read that passage and immediately think of the arrogance and pride that this man must of had....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 595 words
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An Analysis of Ozymandias - The poem "Ozymandias" is one of the best sonnets of Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this poem Shelley described a mighty king who was striving in his whole life for his possessions and got involved in worldly assignments so much that he forgot his ultimate destiny. Beside this, Shelley reminds the readers of their mortality through the realization that our earthly accomplishments, so important to us now, will one day be finished. By drawing these vivid and ironic pictures in readers minds, with different symbols, Shelley was trying to illustrate that no one lives forever in the world, not even their assets or belongings....   [tags: Poetry] 703 words
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Maggie's Ozymandias - ... Shelley’s word choice and style of imagery characterizes Ozymandias. Whilst portraying the former king in a certain light, Shelley seeks to establish a basis for a potential kick at irony later in the poem; hence, we’re justified in taking a moment in observing some of the pharaoh’s traits. In line four, the word “sneer” (5), per se, gives the reader a sense of arrogance and haughtiness. That is, the connotation and context one may encounter the word "sneer" (5) is rarely to attribute humility or graciousness to a said character....   [tags: Analysis, Percy Shelley] 1099 words
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Ozymandias and Immortality - Ozymandias and Immortality Ozymandias expresses to us that possessions do not mean immortality. Percy Shelley uses lots of imagery and irony to get his point across throughout the poem. In drawing these vivid and ironic pictures in our minds, Shelley explains that no one lives forever, and neither do their possessions. Shelley expresses this poem’s moral through a vivid and ironic picture: “On the pedestal of the statue, there are these words, ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’”(10-11)....   [tags: Papers] 427 words
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A Comparison of London and Ozymandias - A Comparison of London and Ozymandias A theme of Mortality lives in both poems. In "London" Blake talks about the death and suffering of people, and in "Ozymandias" Shelley talks about the death of a civilisation. A sense of someone dominating, someone with greater power occurs in both poems. In "London" the rich have this upper hand against the poor, in "Ozymandias" this great leader is said to have this strength over his enemies and his own people. In "Ozymandias" Shelley writes about a fallen empire, a civilisation that must have gone down hill because now there is no sign of it....   [tags: Poems Poetry Civilization Essays] 492 words
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Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias - In December 1817, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote one of the greatest poems in the English language. His poem, Ozymandias, was inspired by seeing a friend of his, Horace Smith, write a poem on a similar topic. Legend has it that Shelley was inebriated when he wrote the poem and that it took under 10 minutes to compose. Ozymandias was inspired by broken colossus of Ramesses II. The poem describes a sobering image to the reader. Through Shelley’s vivid articulation and word choice, the reader can visualize a colossal statue of a proud king lying in broken shards amid the endless desert with only the testimony of a single traveler to carry the knowledge of its existence....   [tags: essays research papers] 361 words
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Ozymandias: The Ephemeral Emperor - ... After the introduction, the poem quick shifts from a mainly descriptive tone, to a very ironic and almost silently sarcastic one. Shelley uses plenty of imagery to describe the statue and the landscape around it, in order to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. We envision the dreary desert, which allows the reader to experience the same “boundless and bare” (Line 13) desolation that the speaker witnesses. Shelley doesn’t spare an ounce of detail describing the fallen pharaoh. This is key component that is used to ironically juxtapose the grand statue’s great claim with the barren wasteland and his shattered remnants....   [tags: Literature]
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Irony in Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ozymandias, the Greek name for Ramses II, is a sonnet written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the poem, Shelley uses irony as a form of satire, mocking tyranny. The poem was published, according to Ian Lancashire (University of Toronto) near January of 1818. At that time, for Europeans, places like Egypt were considered exotic and that adds to the popularity of the sonnet at the time. Shelley wrote this poem in a competition with Horace Smith who also wrote a similar poem, with the same overall themes and name....   [tags: essays research papers]
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In Ozymandias the subject of the passing of time is different to - In Ozymandias the subject of the passing of time is different to Coy Mistress Compare the ways in which the poems you have studied deal with the passing of time. All the three poems deal with the subject of the passing of time in different ways. In “ His Coy Mistress” Marvell uses time to say let us form a sexual relationship together by saying “Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, Lady, were no crime” which means if we had all the time in the world we could do whatever we wanted to do....   [tags: English Literature] 1687 words
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In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. - In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. I have chosen these two poems because out of the four that we have looked at, I have found these to be the most interesting. In this study I will be comparing the 2 poems, To Autumn and Ozymandias. I have chosen these two poems because out of the four that we have looked at, I have found these to be the most interesting. Ozymandias revolves more around time than nature, whereas To Autumn revolves around nature more than time....   [tags: English Literature] 1393 words
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Contrasting Yeats’ Second Coming and Shelley's Ozymandias - Contrasting Yeats’ Second Coming and Shelley's Ozymandias      William Butler Yeats specialized in the early Modernists style of literature.  Coming just out of the Late Victorian age, Yeats used strong literary and historic elements in literary form to evoke his symbolic message in "The Second Coming."  Through the use of his theme of the "new Apocalypse," (lecture notes on Early 20th Century Modernism) he imagined the world was coming into a state of unsurity from the post-WWI Modernist experience.  The war left people in a state of chaos, and although the war was meant to bring people a sense of hope for no more wars in the future, it did far more damage then good, especially in people's minds.  The time in the Modernist era was reflected in the equally chaotic, and choppy word structure in Yeats' poem.  In "The Second Coming" conditions are illustrated as being chaotic, "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world" (Yeats, Longman p....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Formalistic Approach to Ozymandius - Formalistic Approach to Ozymandius While analyzing a poem, a reader notices many things, things like rhyme scheme, word choice, different levels of a poem, and sentence structure. Each one of these things is an ingredient for the four main components of the formalistic approach to poetry. In the poem "Ozymandius" by P.B. Shelley, structure, style, form, and imagery, allow the reader to look deeper into the poem. First the reader must look at the structure of the poem. However, the structure of Ozymandius is difficult to understand....   [tags: Ozymandias Essays] 826 words
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Great Men - Great Men Ozymandias and Ulysses were distinguished men in the eyes of the authors that wrote the poems about these two characters. The personas in the poems are "great" men who share similar qualities. However, there are slight differences that are encountered in their experiences and events in their lifetime. Ozymandias was a great king in his time and had lots of power over land and people. Ulysses, on the other hand, was a traveler who had been too many places in the world. He became famous and created a name for himself from the traveling he did in his lifetime....   [tags: World Literature] 371 words
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Characters in Watchmen - In Alan Moore's The Watchmen, Moore presents the reader with two drastically different characters who have one strikingly similar trait. Ozymandias is a handsome, rich, public, and powerful man. Rorschach is an ugly, poor, private, and almost worthless man. Despite all of these contrasts, they share a common philosophy: they believe that the ends justify the means. This is a major theme of the story, and through it Moore causes the reader the ask themselves the question - do the ends justify the means....   [tags: Alan Moore] 1802 words
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Percy Bysshe Shelley - -Oz really enjoys the irony of that poem. Both for what it means to say, and because it references an oz in a manner showing his immortal greatness. Flattery gets you everywhere. We think of things that are seemingly a pinnacle of greatness today, not realizing that for all our boasts and thoughts of self importance that soon we will only be a faded memory, if that. Greatness today, sad broken down statuary 2000 years down the road. What do you think will be left of New York in the year 4000 A.D.....   [tags: essays research papers] 331 words
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Irony of Earthly Power - People live life wanting everything they can’t afford. Millions of Americans idealize famous movie actors and musicians, and wish to aspire to that degree of wealth. Many people are envious of such billionaires as Bill Gates, and tell themselves they could have done that. Everyone wants to be rich. They feel that if they had all the money they wanted, they could truly be happy. The truth is that money and riches really don’t bring anyone an unsurpassable or measureless amount of happiness....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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How Do The Poets In The Selection Of Pre 1914 Poems You Have Read, - How Do The Poets In The Selection Of Pre 1914 Poems You Have Read, Present Different Attitudes To Death. Which Do You Find Most Convincing. What Influences Their Views. Different people have different attitudes to death. Some are afraid, some don't care. A difference of opinion is definitely shown in the selection of poems I have read. "Song" and "Remember" by Christina Rossetti suggest that she is not too bothered about death. It seems that Christina Rossetti sees death as the end, whereas William Wordsworth who wrote "We are Seven" has the attitude that love carries on and is remembered after death....   [tags: English Literature] 1100 words
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Romantic Expressions of Mutability and Mortality - Romantic expressions of Mutability and Mortality The Romantic movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was a direct reaction to the established cultural ideals of the European Enlightenment. The values of the Enlightenment were based upon scientific rationality, but eventually this movement culminated in the bloodthirsty French Revolution, which, in turn, spawned violent upheaval throughout Europe. Many of the Romantic poets were greatly disenchanted by the barbarity displayed by their fellow man, and as a result, began to reject the logic-based, `enlightened' mindset of the times, aspiring instead to emotional ideals....   [tags: Poetry] 870 words
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The Age Of Revolt - “The Age of Revolt” During each period of life on the planet earth, a new idea, religion, or belief comes about. Each period is characterized by having a major idea that is shared among all that is living at the time. Writers and poets that lived in these time periods not only believed in what the others did, but wrote about their dreams and ideas they shared. The age of Romanticism was characterized as a time of love, but if a person was to examine a poem or work that was written during this time period they will realize it was not just a time of love at all....   [tags: essays research papers] 799 words
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English Literature - William Wordsworth (1770-1850) I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance The waves beside them danced; but they Outdid the sparkling waves in glee; A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company; I gazed- and gazed-but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft when in my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my hearth with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils....   [tags: essays research papers] 1320 words
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G.C.S.E English and English Literature Coursework Poetry Assignment - G.C.S.E English and English Literature Coursework Poetry Assignment We have been set the task to compare the ways in which the poems I have studied deal with the passing of time. The three poems are “To his Coy Mistress”, “Ozymandias” and “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time”. All three of the poems clearly deal with the passing of time in different ways. “To his Coy Mistress” is about a man telling a woman that if he had all the time in the world, he would spend it with her. In the “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time” a man is trying to persuade a woman to make much of her youth with the time she is given....   [tags: English Literature] 1267 words
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These three poems are all based upon time, they all show time passing - These three poems are all based upon time, they all show time passing and how it effects human life and nature. to his coy These three poems are all based upon time, they all show time passing and how it effects human life and nature. ‘to his coy mistress’ shows time passing as the poet tries to say that time doesn’t last forever , and that you should make the most if youth, because one day it will all be over and you will be getting old. ‘to the virgins make much of time’ also shows a very similar approach of how you should make the most.’Ozymandias’ shows time passing by saying that structures will out do people and that nothing can prevent time stopping, eventually it will catch up on us all....   [tags: English Literature] 1279 words
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The Politics of Percy Shelley - The Politics of Percy Shelley         Following the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars, Europe was left torn by economic decline, political turmoil, and uncertainty. Out of these events sprang writers who saw it as their duty to ease the social and political dilemmas through their inspirational writings. One of these Nineteenth century writers was Percy Shelley, who is known for the revolutionary and defiant ideas he expressed in his works. Many of his writings such as "A Song: 'Men of England,'" "The Mask of Anarchy," and "Ozymandias," reflect his radical political approach to solving England's troubles....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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