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"Ozymandias" (decayed, king)

posted Jan 17, 2011 16:52:40 by ilovekatelynn
In the poem a person retells a story that was told to him by a traveler. The traveler said the statue was built with great passion for the king but over many years it became decayed.
One of the stronger words that affect the poem is decayed. The statue was described as shattered, colossal wreck, and a round of decay. Even though decay mainly refers to the statue it could also relate to how the kingdom that king Ozymandias ruled decayed over time and eventually became nothing but a story told by a traveler.
The statue was significant to the king because it was built for him. On the statue the words, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye mighty and despair!” I feel like this shows that the king was kind of full of himself but, just like the statue over time things go away but because of the statue the kings was remembered, and his story was told.
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kelkleine said Jan 18, 2011 01:42:54
Yes! Excellent word choices! How many years have passed since Ozymandias was a ruler, and what proof does the poem provide? The use of "decay" in line 12 does show the degradation of the statue to nearly nothing. What other words create a vivid picture of the decay in the reader's mind?

*Be sure to quote the poem exactly as proof of your ideas.
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