Literary Elements in "Ozymandias"
Updated: 1/4/2017
Literary Elements in "Ozymandias"
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Ozymandias Poem Visualization

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Inspired by a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II, unearthed by British archaeologists in the early 1800s, Percy Bysshe Shelley explores the theme of the transience of human power. What once was a symbol of a great and powerful leader, is now a shattered statue slated to sit in a museum.




Ozymandias

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Literary Elements in Ozymandias poem

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  • IMAGERY
  • PERSONIFICATION
  • ALLITERATION
  • “Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.”
  • “The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed”
  • “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”
  • APOSTROPHE
  • LITERARY ELEMENTS
  • ASSONANCE
  • “‘Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’”
  • “Half sunk, a shattered visage lies...”

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