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Beauty vs. Beast

posted Jan 19, 2011 16:24:21 by katelynnthewonderful
The words "shattered" and "king of kings" do a great job describing the poem as a whole. It first shows how ugly this statue is. When it talks about it being old and crummy it puts a very vivid picture in my mind. The word shattered makes me think of everything ugly. Broken down, gray, and old, nothing that one would want to describe them. On the other side of the poem Shelly says "king of kings" which means the highest of the high. It makes me think of everything good, gold jewelry and everything else nice. Also it makes me think of power. A statue is meant to represent power and wealth, nothing like the first part of the poem.
These contradict each other completely, which is what the author was meaning to do. He wanted to show what the kingdom once was. Once nice and beautiful and luscious, turned to ugly, dark stone.
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NatalieAldean23 said Jan 19, 2011 16:46:50
Katelynn the Wonderful, I agree with your statements in this post. The word such as "shattered" and "king of kings" do describe this poem as a whole. Just by looking at these two words, you can tell that something is going to be bad and something is going to be good in this poem. These two words to contradict each other and show that the poem can be shown as a good thing or even a bad thing.
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jgcabs said Jan 20, 2011 15:07:25
I also agree with you katelynnthewonderful. The words "shattered" and "king of kings" do a great job of summarizing the poem, they show the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. "King of Kings" shows Ozymandais's once power and wealth as a King. It shows the power his kingdom had, but the saying goes all good things must come to an end, and they did for Ozymandias. "Shattered" summarizes the end for Ozymandias, his once striving kingdom is gone and "shattered" can stand for his run down statue, or his ego. If Ozymandias were alive to see his statue Im sure his ego and personality would also be "shattered."
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tparsons93 said Jan 20, 2011 15:57:32
I agree with you katelynn thewonderful and everyone else who replied. I never would have thought of it as Beauty vs. Beast, but you gave me a new way to look at it. The two words that you chose, “shattered” and “kings of kings”, are very powerful words and show great meaning to the poem. Just like you, it gives me a really clear picture in my head of how this statue looks in the deserted desert, and how it used to look when everything was glorious.
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katelynnthewonderful said Jan 20, 2011 16:12:41
I see that everyone agrees with me, I would also like to add that I feel like the author was trying to show that the lines, "my name is Ozymandias, king of kings/look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!",(10-11) really adds to the emphasis of how powerful he once was. The last three lines also put an emphasis on how much his image was wrecked after the years passed.Overall the tone of this poem was powerful to me.
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