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Ozymandias

Ozymandias

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Analysis: Tough-O-Meter

(2) Sea Level

"Ozymandias" is a relatively straightforward poem; there aren't many strange words, except for "mock'd." At times the syntax can be a little tricky; for example, the first eight lines are two sentences, the second of which has a lot of clauses that have to be sifted through and assigned their proper function. Other than that second sentence, though, the poem doesn't go much above sea level, making it one of the more readable Shelley poems.

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