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© 2015 by Matthew Berrigan .

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away. 

Powerful people command monuments to their lives and works to be built and revered for future generations. For example, the Medici family paid dearly for works from Michelangelo, Filippo Brunelleschi and Leonardo Da Vinci. Think of some of the monuments and works of art in that we have studied. Think of some that we even have here in Canada? Why where they built? What do they symbolize? Now imagine those same monuments 500 years in the future. Write a three paragraph response that, like “Ozymandias,” describes the effects of time on both the monuments themselves, and the values they were meant to represent.

Ozymandias