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Ozymandias

This slideshow is about Ozymandias, the remarkable poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Ozymandias

  1. 1. Ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley
  2. 2. The Sonnet
  3. 3. I met a traveller from an antique land…
  4. 4. …Who said: Two vast and trunk less legs of stone stand in the desert…
  5. 5. …Near them, on the sand, half sunk, a shattered visage lies…
  6. 6. …Whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command…
  7. 7. …Tell that its sculptor well those passions read which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things…
  8. 8. …The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed…
  9. 9. …And on the pedestal these words appear:
  10. 10. …Nothing besides remains Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare…
  11. 11. …The lone and level sands stretch far away...
  12. 12. Ozymandias is a powerful sonnet about theOzymandias is a powerful sonnet about the transitory nature of life and itstransitory nature of life and its pretensions of fame and fortune.pretensions of fame and fortune. Shelley chose, however, to poke holes in theShelley chose, however, to poke holes in the “great man” theory of history, questioning“great man” theory of history, questioning its validity and its rationality.its validity and its rationality.
  13. 13. Romantics criticized the glorification of science. They cherished intuition, mystical feelings and emotions. This new generation of poets flouted tradition, inventing their own vocabularies, subject matters, and poetic form. “Ozymandias” exemplifies both in theme and in execution these “rebellious” notions.
  14. 14. PB Shelley belonged to the creed of Romantics. William Blake, George Gordon, Lord Byron, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth were some other Romantics.
  15. 15. Shelley’s original draft of Ozymandias
  16. 16. About the Poet Born:Born: August 4, 1792August 4, 1792 Famous as:Famous as: Romantic and lyric poetRomantic and lyric poet Place of birth:Place of birth: Horsham, EnglandHorsham, England DeathDeath: July 8, 1822July 8, 1822 Nationality:Nationality: EnglishEnglish Famous works:Famous works: OzymandiasOzymandias,, Ode to the WestOde to the West WindWind,, Music, When Soft Voices Die,Music, When Soft Voices Die, TheThe CloudCloud andand The Masque of Anarchy.The Masque of Anarchy.
  17. 17. Ramses IIRamses II Ramses II also known as Ramses theRamses II also known as Ramses the Great, was the third pharaoh of theGreat, was the third pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt. He is often19th dynasty of Egypt. He is often regarded as the greatest, mostregarded as the greatest, most celebrated and most powerfulcelebrated and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian empire. Hepharaoh of the Egyptian empire. He is also known as Ozymandias in theis also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources, from aGreek sources, from a transliteration into Greek of a parttransliteration into Greek of a part of Ramses' throne name,of Ramses' throne name,
  18. 18. Shelley began writing his poem in 1817,Shelley began writing his poem in 1817, soon after the announcement of thesoon after the announcement of the British museum's acquisition of a largeBritish museum's acquisition of a large fragment of a statue of Ramses II.fragment of a statue of Ramses II. Shelley wrote the poem in friendlyShelley wrote the poem in friendly competition with his friend and fellowcompetition with his friend and fellow poet Horace Smith, who also wrote apoet Horace Smith, who also wrote a sonnet on the same topic. Shelley andsonnet on the same topic. Shelley and Smith's sonnets were published in theSmith's sonnets were published in the
  19. 19. The End

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