The poem of the week this week is about a hubristic and egotistical leader who saw himself as the greatest king who had ever lived or ever would live. His works, he believed, would last for all eternity.
It is said that Shelley's inspiration for writing this sonnet came from reported descriptions of the broken monuments to Rameses II, perhaps ancient Egypt's greatest pharaoh. The self-aggrandizing passions which Shelley attributes to his Ozymandias could easily describe some modern leaders as well.
by Percy Bysshe Shelley