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What is the meaning of the phrase "colossal wreck" in "Ozymandius" by Percy Bysshe Shelley?

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The speaker who begins the poem relates a tale once told to him by a traveler he'd met. This traveler had been to the desert, where he saw the broken pieces of a once-great statue all scattered and half-buried by the sand. The traveler saw "trunkless legs" here and the bits of a shattered face...

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