The poem illustrates an interest of a hero by the way it shows how a hero has a rise and a fall. The statue once was in prime condition and nothing could take it down. Many heroes start out like this, they seem to be invincible and nothing can stop them. After a period of time they start to decay and fall apart slowly. They can only go so hard for so long and after awhile nature takes its course and kills them. The statue used to be in perfect condition until the work of nature slowly took it down and made it start to decay. The statue was of a man who was a king and just like always kings eventually die just like the statue. The poem also tends to show a love of art by telling of how the statue looked in the desert. The statue was sunken into the sand and had shattered visage lies, whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command.
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