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The Structure of a King

posted Jan 18, 2011 16:14:35 by JewFro123
The format Shelley uses is short, harsh, and crumbled much like the king she's describing. The author uses short, choppy sentences in her poem showing her emotion while writing this piece. When reading out loud, I noticed that the poem did not have a smooth flow to it. i believe this relates to how the king treated his people, very harsh and not easy going. In addition to that, Shelley uses "crumbled" sentences, like "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay...." in line (12) This incomplete sentence is "crumble" in the same way the king's people left him. In the first stanza, Shelley’s rhyme scheme is much more consistent than the rest of the rest of her poem. In line 1 “land” rhymes with “sand” in line 3 and “command” in line 5. The rhyme structure falls apart after the first stanza on purpose. I believe Shelley relates her rhyme structure back to the sculptures structure, grand at one time, but falling apart.
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JessicaPhelps2192 said Jan 18, 2011 19:39:07
I agree with you, Jew Fro, but I personally don't like this poem at all. The poem, “Ozymandias”, has a very bad format. It seems more like the author is trying to tell a story of something that happened to them one day, rather than a poem. The poem, indeed, is very choppy and doesn’t flow well. When reading it, it seems like there was a limit on the width of the poem, but not a limit on length. So, when the author ran out of room for one line, it sounds like they just decided to finish the sentence on the next line – not caring if it made sense. This makes understanding the poem rather hard to do. I agree on how you described the king to the format, very fitting. In stanza one, the author says, “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” (6-8). That is horrible sentence structure. The entire sentence is spread out to three different lines, and they just don’t flow together at all.
Dekeyser15 said Jan 20, 2011 16:41:42
I think that you are on the right track with this one. I am not sure if the first three odd numbered lines were made to rhyme or if it was just coincidence, but I do see the relationship between that and the crumbling of the kingdom. The only thing that I am not sure of is if we can take out of the poem that the king was bad to his people just from the line, "And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command". He may have been a bit tough on his people, but I do not think that it can be related to the structure of the poem.
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