Chi at 19:46:10 3/23/98 from c445-53.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|Ozymandias Janet Chi 486200743
The first time when I read the poem, I can not quite catch what the speaker try to say. After thinking deeper, I guess that it has something to do with Art and History. Ozymandias was pharaoh of Egypt in the thirteenth century B.C. So I think he must be very powerful man in that time, Even for himself, he thinks that his power will last forever , so there the speaker said " My name is Ozymandias, king of kings" . However there is something funny; for sculptor himself, he doesn't not think Ozymandias is really powerful, for he can design the pharaoh as any kind he want, maybe ugly or serious. So there the speaker said , " And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, tell that its sculptor well those passions read which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things." If we see the poem from other direction, I think it is trying to tell us that before the kingdom is powerful, but with the time passed, the kingdom decline. And the speaker compares the kingdome with the sculptor, so there it said, " my name is Ozymandias, kind of kings: ( the kingdome is powerful) Look at my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay. ( the kingdom went declintion) The poem just like an Italian sonnet, can be divided into two parts: the first eight lines and the next six lines. In my opinion the speaker is trying to show the relationship between art and history.