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In his poem entitled 'Ozymandias' Shelley skilfully paints the picture of an overbearing and haughty king of ancient Egypt (generally equated with Ramses II) of whom nothing now remains, except parts of his statue. The poem carries a moral: that even the most powerful of kings cannot last, that human beings and all their works are destined to pass away. Therefore if Shelley were to write a letter to Ozymandias he would most likely remind him of this; his letter would be in the nature of a warning.
This poem of Shelley's, one of his most famous, ties in with the ever-increasing interest in Ancient Egypt at the beginning of the nineteenth century, as archaelogical excavations turned up ever more awe-inspiring evidence of this great ancient civilisation, culminating in the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the early twentieth century.
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