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Ozymandias



I met a traveller 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.
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2-- Rewrite in your own words as prose the story this poem tells.
3-- According to the poem, king Ozymandias had the following wordswritten on his statue:
"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'

What message was this meant to tell the people of his time long ago?

4-- What message does the poem have in modern day for the author of the poem and the traveller who told him about the statue?

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    2. How you have power to start off with, but while gloating it, you lose it.
    3. He had his past works as if they meant something in the present when they didnt.
    4. People who are in a positon of power are often feared by those of lower classes, until you lose that power.

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