but whatever he did apparently lives on to be appreciated.
The poem "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley speaks of some sculpture or statue, in some distant forgotten land ("antique" (1)), of a man named Ozymandias. The words tell a story of a supposedly great man, "king of kings," (10) and his piece of art that either he made or otherwise serves to represent him, as they now lie old and lonely in a vast, empty desert. However, the traveler mentioned in the first line and the poem writer himself show that this relic of this once-great man is still acknowledged, and that the memory or essence of this work of art and the man it relates to live on, even as his glory is gone and his statue lies "half sunk" and "shattered" (4).
Ozymandias, who expects "ye mighty" (11) to despair when they look upon his works, finds himself nearly eternally preserved as travelers, poets, or other lovers of art and the world come across what remains of his legacy and pass on the experience. In this sense, the poem indeed illustrates an interest in the world, and appreciation for someone who may be a hero, and a love for art.
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