Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I’ve started a new channel, Standing Sun Poetry, as both a voice over exercise and to provide some value to fellow homeschool parents looking for safe ways of introducing their student to classic English poetry.

“Ozymandias” is a sonnet written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1817, published in 1818. Ozymandias was a Greek name for the pharaoh Ramesses II, derived from a part of his throne name, Usermaatre. Shelley began writing the poem after the British Museum acquired the Younger Memnon, a head-and-torso fragment of a statue of Ramesses II, which dated from the 13th century BC. Using the imagery of broken statues left to rot in the desert being the sole legacy of tyrants, many interpretations draw parallels to Napoleon Bonaparte.

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