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1

Nothing beside remains

Ozymandias

2

In every cry of every man,
In every infants cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban

London

3

The mind forged manacles I hear:

London

4

I met a traveller from an antique land

Ozymandias

Narrator hasn’t even seen the statue irl he’s only heard of it. This emphasis how unimportant ozymandias is now

5

Vast, trunkless, stone

Ozymandias

Emphasises size and stature but also shows that the statue has been destroyed by nature

6

Stand in the desert

Ozymandias

Setting suggests absence of life and vitality

7

Shatter’d visage

Ironic — even a powerful human can’t control the damaging effects of time

8

Sneer of cold command

Ozymandias

The sculpture understood arrogance of ruler

9

Survive, lifeless

Ozymandias

Having ‘survive’ and ‘lifeless’ on the same line hints at how art can outlast human power, but the ruined statue shows that ultimately art can’t immortality, juxtaposed

10

The hand that mock’d them

‘Mock’ can mean to ridicule, or the create a likeness of something — perhaps the sculpture intended his statue to make fun of ozy

11

King of kings
Ye mighty

Ozymandias

Arrogant and powerful — he even challenged other rulers

12

Look

Ozymandias

Having a stressed syllable on the start of the line heightens Ozymadias’s tone of command

13

Despair!

Ozymadias

Irony — he tells other rulers to ‘despair’ because of the size and grandeur of his ‘works’ but in fact they should despair because their power is temporary and ultimately unimportant, like his.

14

The decay of that colossal wreck

Ozymadias

The ruined statue shows how human achievements are insignificant compared to the passing of time

15

Nothing beside remains

Ozymadias

Irony of inscription on the pedestal contrasting with surroundings

16

Boundless and bare
Lone and level

Ozymadias

Alliteration — emphasises the feeling of empty space in the surrounding desert

17

Stretch far away

Ozymadias

The desert is vast and survive far longer than the broken statue, emphasising the insignificance of the statue and of ozymandias

18

When was romanticism a thing?

Late 1700 and early 1800

19

What did the ‘romantic’ poets believe in?

Emotion rather than reason, tried the capture intense experiences in their work and particularly focused on the power of nature

20

Shelly dislike the monarchy, absolute power and the oppression of ordinary people. What were his political views inspired by?

French Revolution 1789-1799
Where the monarchy was overthrown

21

Wander

London

This sounds purposeless — could reflect how he feels powerless to change what’s happening

22

Each chartered street

London

Suggests the whole city is affected, not just one area

23

Chartered Thames does flow

Humans try to control powerful natural features the the river Thames but the power of nature will prevail over human power

24

Mark

London

Means ‘notice’ but also suggests everyone he sees is marked by experience

25

Marks marks
Every
Every
Every

London

Repetition emphasises feeling of bleakness — despair effects everyone and there’s no escape from it

26

Infants cry of fear

I hear

London

The speaker hears various distressing noises — makes this seem like a vivid, hellish experience

27

Mind-forged manacles

London

People are trapped in every way, even by thoughts and attitudes

28

Chimney-sweeper’s

London

Chimney sweeps were usually young children, emotive image of child labour encourages reader to reflect on inequality in hierarchy and how power of humans can easily be corrupted

29

Black’ning church

London

Seems to be angry at all forms of power — describing church as blackening could suggest it is corrupt or that it is tarnished by the failure to look after the people. Or it could be a grim visual image of the ugliness caused by the Industrial Revolution

30

Runs in blood down palace walls.

London

Might be a reference to the French Revolution — sounds like he thinks ordinary people suffer while this in the palace are protected behind walls