Use Of Power In Ozymandias

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Both poets convey the misuse of power and the dangers of corruption in their poems in Ozymandias the purpose of the poem is to illustrate the corruption of power and how power is not eternal: “Look on my works, ye mighty and despair.” The word look and despair are imperatives and this shows that Ozymandias is using force to convey his message that he is in power and this also is used to intimidate other rulers and his people. Shelly’s use of emphatic word order emphasises the word “look” and this word has a harsh sound which makes Ozymandias sound like he has violent intentions because of its negative tone. Alternatively, he could be using imperative as he feels that his power is being threatened and he would like to highlight that he is the

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