What is the intention of the poet here? What do the colossal wreck and sands symbolize?
Shelley's intention is to show that political power is never permanent and that even the greatest, most powerful ruler will not survive forever; thus Shelley seeks to satirize politicians, or dominant rulers, and call the reader's attention to the passing of political power. The poem has a weighty theme, so Shelley has used the formal sonnet form.
The "colossal wreck" is literally the giant remains of...
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