Note that in Smith there is no sneer or wrinkle, nothing indeed that forces us to a negative view of Ozymandias — he was, perhaps, glorious and great, if pathetically unaware of his inevitable conquest by time. Immortality is the fact concerned with views, time, poetry and goodness only. He might have been, and he might not have been. Just try reading the poem out loud, and you'll see what we mean. Shelley describes the hand of Ozymandias, which mocked, and his heart, which fed. Much easier to put one leg in the desert.
This is a visceral, not an intellectual or political, experience. Grazable land in academia is a finite and scarce resource. In other words, the hand and heart become appositives. Immortality is the fact concerned with views, time, poetry and goodness only. Maybe he thinks that the sneering makes him look powerful. We generally leave it up to our writers whether they include context or not.
The conceit that it is the heart that feeds the passions is, as you describe, an ancient one. Wikipedia offers up a on the poem, from which the photo at left is taken. Who else would have inscribed that but the artist? There is only decay and sand for as far as the eye can see. He uses words such as decay and bare to show just how powerless this once-mighty pharaoh has become. The traveller said that two vast legs of stone stand without a body and near this, a massive crumbling and broken stone-head lies, which is half sunk in the sand. If I were the betting kind, I would bet against this interpretation. England is beginning to lose it's stronghold on the world.
That is what makes the king such a vile creature. Had he wanted to, he could have stamped out any of his subjects who offended him. In other words, love and truth ultimately triumph over cruel, autocratic intelligence. Of dust we all are, and to dust we all do return. Readers get a physical description of the statue of Ozymandias Shelley dwells little on the small details of Ozymandias' face, but by Ozymandias' frown, wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, delivered in less than two lines, immediately carry to the reader a vision of a cold, callous, yet strong and determined leader who is commanding his people building his great vast statue hoping his power would be immortal. Ozymandias like many other leaders from the past were corrupted by their power. There was probably once a temple or something nearby, but it's long gone.
We use phrases like heartfelt or tender-hearted. English Romantic poet 1792—1822 wrote a , first published in the 11 January 1818 issue of in London. I can easily imagine a good artist capturing the cold sneer and arrogance of a tyrant — that being precisely what the tyrant most admires about himself. Beside him, however, the portrait has reverted to its original form. Had he wanted to, he could have stamped out any of his subjects who offended him. Before learning it for exams, we should understand it's real meaning by heart. This line provides an interesting dichotomy often found in the most terrible of leaders.
Finally, we cannot miss the general comment on human vanity in the poem. I tend to think that the artist was smarter than the tyrant. There is absolutely nothing left. All throughout the poem is this vanity…. It all depends on how you want to interpret the poem.
He can do what he wants without thinking of other people. Poetry might last in a way that other human creations cannot. That is, the modern usage of a semi-colon can be to join main clauses both joined, and not joined, by a coordinating conjunction. 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. Would he be humbled or would he find some other way to boast? Shelley was such a masterful writer that it does not take much effort on the part of the reader to clearly imagine the scene in this poem. This one line sums up the metaphysical aspects of Ozymandias' character, both described and implied.
This too helps park the the poem permanently in our minds. Sonnet Analysis: Ozymandias and The Second Coming Name: Date: Sonnet Analysis. And it certainly reflects the genius of the poem, that different people interpret it and enjoy it in entirely different ways! UpinVermont, I guess I like Vendler more than you do. Your explanation of question three really helped my understanding of your points about Shelley taking on Shakespeare and paying a high cost. In Ozymandias an anonymous traveler in Egypt reports seeing the statue of one of the greatest Pharaohs which has tumbled down, and is beginning to disappear into the desert sands. We now have three intersecting puzzles. Thanks to your analyses I have arrived at one conclusion and one fresh insight.