What is the theme of "Ozymandias" by Percy B. Shelley?
In my opinion, the theme of this poem is that human life and human accomplishments are transient. It is saying that, in the long run, nothing we do matters. It reminds me of a song from when I was a kid by the band "Styx." The lyrics went
Nothing ever goes as planned/It's a hell of a notion/ Even pharaohs turn to sand/ like a drop in the ocean.
If you think about it, this is what has happened to Ozymandias. He was so powerful in his day, but now his statues have fallen and no one knows his name. What was once his empire is now a backwater -- an "antique land." Everything that he worked for and accomplished has been forgotten -- his efforts were pointless.
The poem is implying that all of human life is like that. Nothing we do will last...
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