28th September 2017

Ozymandias

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert… 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!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

 

‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Quotation

 

Percy Shelley uses a quotation engraved on a pedestal of Ozymandias stating: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’. Hubris is extensive pride or self-confidence and is communicated through Ozymandias’ quote as he is saying he is the ‘king of kings’, saying that he rules all that rule. We can see from this he was a confident leader, with great belief in himself. He was a hubris man. He is calling all others to look on at his ‘mighty’ creations in despair. He is claiming his works are great and deserve to be recognised, again showing he is hubris and holds a great deal of confidence. We can also tell from his ‘sneer of cold command’, by using the noun ‘sneer’, he looks on over the great sands with a smug look, a look that makes known he is better than everyone else. By stating he is ‘king of kings’, ‘look on my works’ and his ‘sneer of cold command’, Shelley is communicating to us the self-respect and big ego Ozymandias holds in his self.

 

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