Percy Shelley’s “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.

The author uses speech shown in the text when it says “‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’” to show the reader the idea of the self-importance and hubris the character possesses. By saying “look on my works,” the author is showing the reader the pride in what they have created. However, by using the adjectives in the sentence “Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.” The author is showing that the character previously presented with the use of speech no longer has anything to be proud of. The author is using these adjectives and alliteration “boundless and bare” to highlight and accentuate the idea that what the character used to be proud of is now worthless.

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