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In ‘Ozymandias’ Shelley has used a sonnet with the Octave which has 8 lines and the sestet which has 6 lines. The octave talks about the image of the statue while the sestet talks about the personality of Ozymandias. Ironically, Sonnet is a love poem so Shelley attacks Ozymandias for self-love therefore not using his power to help people. In ‘My Last Duchess’ Browning has used Dramatic monologue as the form in ‘My Last Duchess’ this conveys how we do not get a reply of the witness who is representative of the count suggesting the Duke’s importance.
In ‘Ozymandias’ Shelley has used volta at the end of an octet “The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed” This is the use of metaphor. Ozymandias has “mocked” his people, and maintained his power through symbolic cannibalism, as he “fed” on his people. However, Shelley possibly is talking about the sculptor as the sculptor skilfully mocked Ozymandias by carving such damaging portrayal of him “wrinkled lip” and “sneer” this conveys Ozymandias real personality. The sculptor’s heart comes from his art. Shelley points out the emotional impact of the sculptor’s art because the sculptor does not feed on others, but art feeds others. The sculptor’s art is a gift because it has stayed over thousands of years. Shelley is trying to make a point to his readers that power can never defeat art. However, Ozymandias was in power and he got away with mocking people and feeding on them. Shelley is trying to make a point to his readers to let go of dictators