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Ozymandias Quotes Find quotes from this poem, with commentary from Shmoop. Pick a theme below to begin. Ozymandias Transience Quotes Page 1 How we cite the quotes: (line numbers) Quote #1 I met a traveler from an antique land (1) The very fact that the "land" is "antique" suggests that it is outdated, kind of like dial-up internet. The speaker implies that the traveler is coming from a place that is more primitive or older than the speaker's, a place that used to be home to a civilization and culture that has passed away. Quote #2 …Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies (2-4) The statue is on its last legs; it has no torso, and the surrounding desert is doing its best to bury the "shatter'd" head. We are not told how the statue has come to be in this state, though we might infer that since it is located in an "antique land," perhaps it too has succumbed to the erosive force of time, like a lot of antiquities. This ancient object, too, is about to vanish; one can't help thinking that the legs will eventually suffer the same fate as the "shatter'd visage." Quote #3 Nothing beside remains; round the decay of that colossal wreck (12-13) Not only is most of the statue gone, but there isn't anything else around. The temples, palaces and whatever else might have adorned this landscape have all disappeared, leaving "nothing" but two legs and a head. "Decay" is an important word here; it implies that the statue has been slowly rotting or crumbling over a long period of time, and that it will eventually be completely destroyed or buried. It also suggests that the statue was once living, perhaps implying something about the status of art and its eventual fate. Ozymandias Pride Quotes Page 1 How we cite the quotes: (line numbers) Quote #1 ...whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command (4-5) We know that later in the poem Ozymandias will brag about the greatness of his works, but here he seems less than satisfied with something, as if he thinks his works could be better. We can imagine the sculptor hammering away at the statue and Ozymandias giving him a dirty look because something about it just isn't right. Alternatively, perhaps Ozymandias was perpetually frowning because his empire just wasn't good enough, or big enough. Quote #2 "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair" (10)
3/3/2020 To pause and ponder: Ozymandias - Notes and analysis nothing-yeteverything.blogspot.com/2013/04/ozymandias-notes-and-analysis.html 11/25 There is a lot of arrogance in this statement, and it's almost as if he were saying that his name means "king of kings." He brags about his "works" (statues like the one described, pyramids, etc.) as well, telling the "Mighty" to "despair" because their works will never be as good or as his. Ironically, Ozymandias's works are nowhere to be seen – all that's left is a barren desert and this broken statue. His pride is made to look stupid because his "works" are all gone, except for this fragmented statue that, quite literally, is on its last legs.

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