How are the following ideas expressed in "Ozymandias?"
1)No one is immortal.
2)All man's achievements come to nothing in the end.
3)Time and nature are more powerful than any king.
4) Art outlives empires.
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Ozymandias was obviously enormously powerful and influential at one time. "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone...that colossal wreck" - He would not have been able to leave such an impressive memorial and tribute to himself if he had not commanded the respect (or fear) to cause the creation of such a monument.
However, all that remains of the once magnificent statue are the "trunkless legs...a shattered visage" and the base with the inscription "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
His life and achievements, mighty as they might have been, are ended. The king has died, his "works" are broken and gone, time and the desert sands have broken and buried all evidence of his power and glory, with only some pieces of the statue remaining to serve as reminders of the past.
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