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War Photographer And Ozymandias Analysis

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How is conflict explored in the poem War Photographer and Ozymandias? The Ozymandias is a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, set in the 1270’s where a Greek named pharaoh Ozymandias ruled Egypt. Three voices direct us through which is the travelers, narrator and the large fragmented statue, Ozymandias, himself. Conflict is explored in numerous ways. Ozymandias portrays the conflict as the power that can be arrogant and cruel but ultimately can’t last forever. The traveler’s perspective reveals how changeable power and influence can be over time. The poet of Ozymandias has used structural devices to show how power can cause arrogance. This is further justified as a conflict between man’s superiority vs. religion. This is exposed when “trunkless…show more content…
The noun “despair” communicate his desire to be dominant over others and cause them the reason to fear him like the God. Ozymandias here is comparing himself to the Gods as inferred in the words” king of kings”. Shelley paints an unflattering picture of the pharaoh, perhaps to show his dislike for monarchs and rulers.Shelley uses enjambment to perhaps represent something ‘ongoing’- which is of course what the Pharaoh wanted: immortality. And to be considered to have been powerful forever The line “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair” seem idiculous and pathetic as no-one is looking at all. The repetition of king’s show how arrogant Ozymandias was, yet when compared to the crumbling ruins of his statue, the poet undermines him and shows that he did not last forever as he thought he would. The audience of the era twinkle’s on the effects it can have on people and how long it can last before the eternal truth (religion) conquers it. The modern audience zoom in on the irony of “Ozymandias” which cuts much deeper as the audience realizes that the forces of mortality and mutability, described brilliantly in the concluding lines, will erode and destroy all our…show more content…
The poem renders conflict as a photographer who battles through his eternal feelings and lightning dispute between the horror of the war and the worlds increasing indifference to the victims of the conflict. Lastly, conflict is explored through the idea of innocence. Conflict is explored through the horror of the war and increasing indifference to the victims of the conflict. This is evident in the line “Spools of sufferings set out in ordered rows”. The use of sibilance highlights this image which creates a suggestion of graves or bodies which also mirrors the actions of the photographer, who lays out his films in "ordered rows", as though in doing so he can in some way help to restore order to this chaotic world. There is also a contrast in this image “spools of suffering which seems chaotic yet structured. The technique used is varied as sibilance, effects to create a sense of panic, disorder to highlight the violence of war and conflict. Duffy’s skillful yet understated imagery helps to convey the terrible personal stories that lie behind every conflict. Perhaps almost in an attempt to counter the graphic imagery that we have become so used to seeing, her depictions are subtle and understated and she often leaves the reader to
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