Ozymandias i met a traveler from an antique land who

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Explain the double meaning of the last line, especially of the words "been" and "be." "Ozymandias" I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command 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. And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. * Ozymandias was the Egyptian pharaoh, Ramses II. 1. Who is the narrator of the poem? 2. What kind of insight must the artist has to create such a precise statue? 3. Explain what the last line of the 1st stanza may mean. 4. What does the statue and its inscription symbolize? 5. What is the present condition of the statue and Ozymandias' mighty words?
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