By: Shelley

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 sculptorwell 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.






The Interpretation Of OzymandiasImage

This poem is written by Shelley which is a sonnet. This poem tells about the author meets a traveler in one place like in the first line “I met traveler from an antique land”. It portrays that the author tells someone who is in a place that is Egypt and it means that the traveler is citizen of Egypt. In this poem an antique land refers to Egypt. As we know that the history of Egypt tells about Ramesses and the Ozymandias refer to Ramesses. This poem portrays about the traveler who tells about who Ozymandias is. He says Ozymandias who has authority in Egypt. He governs Egypt by his power until the citizen of Egypt creates his sculpture. By creating his sculpture it is not an appreciation from his citizen. We can see from how the sculptor creates it. In this poem especially in the second line, it portrays that the traveler or citizen of Egypt describes that sculpture. He says there are two vast and trunkless legs of stone, stand in the desert Near them, on the sand. It means this sculpture which only has two vast legs of stone without body. It means that although he has authority and power in this world, but he can not draw oneself because there are no people who support or stand behind in his government. He only can stand by himself in the desert whereas he is near with his citizen. It is caused he governs arbitrary. He does not care with the other or his citizen.

By having authority, he does everything what he wants to do, there is no boundless or limitation. He crush his citizen, he is too overbearing. In this poem, we can see in the sixth line that is “tell that its sculptor well those passions read.” It portrays how the sculptor knows about him; the sculptor creates his sculpture by creating frown in his face. It portrays his passion and his emotions to be of power. We can see from the writing in the pedestal that is “my name is Ozymandias, King of Kings. It means that he considers himself is stronger than the other. He calls himself as Lord who has a big power in this world. He is proud of himself because he thinks that he knows everything more than the other and he is an arrogant person. Because of his attitude, there is no citizen who likes his government. All of his citizens hate him. During the time, this world is still rotation. He will not become a ruler till the end. Now that his government is bad, he fells from his power. He loss power and immorality. Although he has authority that makes it decay and because of it, there are no people who want to beside him. Now, all of his power is nothing more than a simple thing. We can see in the eighth line “the hand mocked them, and the heart that fed.” By seeing this poem, we can interpret that the word “mocked” is an imitation from reality that is the citizen laugh and jeer him. There is no one who considers him, he is alone. All of human hate him because of his act.