OZYMANDIAS BY Percy Bysshe Shelly “Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. ”
Percy Bysshe Shelly • 1792, England • 1822, Italy • English Romantic poet
Percy Bysshe Shelly • was against English politics and conservational ideas • William Butler, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning
Percy Bysshe Shelly • Mythological themes and figures from Greek poetry
Ozymandias • Traveler from an antique land • Tells a story about Colossal Wreck
Ozymandias • Two vast legs • Stone head
Ozymandias Shattered visage frown Sneer of cold command Wrinkled
Ozymandias • Emotions survive stamped on the lifeless statue.
Ozymandias My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings. Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair !
Ozymandias • Just lone and level sands remain round the decay of that
Comments Ozymandias’s works have disappeared, his civilization is gone, all has been turned to dust by the destructive
Comments The ruined statue is a monument to one man’s hubris, and a powerful statement about the insignificance of human beings to the
Comments • metaphor for the ephemeral nature of political power • metaphor for the pride and hubris of all of humanity
References • http: //www. sparknotes. com/poetry/shelley/ section 2. rhtml • http: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=ncx. R 5 J KLVA 8