I know this is not sonnet, but can somebody give me a summary of Ode to a Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as Shelley's Ozymandias?
A summary and discussion of "Ode to a Skylark" is found here:
A summary and discussion of "Ozymandias" is found here:
Ozymandias: It is a poem about vanity of human greatness and the failure of all attempts to immortalise human grandeur.
The poem relates an experience of a traveler fro Egypt who saw two huge and trunk less legs af a statue in the midst of desert. Near them lay, half buried, the broken face of the statue. On the face can still be seen the expression of haughtiness and a sense of authority which had been skillfully depicted by the sculptor. They survive yet. On the pedestal of the statue the following words were inscribed: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings; Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Its suggests he was the greatest king of all kings of his time and he had accomplished such works that nobody could equal. There was a vast desert full of sands all around the statue stretched far.
Here in the poem the poet refers to "an antique land" means ancient country. Thus he points out at Egypt whose civilization is one of the oldest in the history of the world. The speaker is a traveler and whatever he sees is nothing but demolition of human's achievements which is considered as sufficient to immortalize. He does not know that time is greater than his greatness. Over the earth nothing is immortal and yet out of ignorance King Ozymandias tamed such a blunder.