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C Meyer

on 16 September 2015

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Transcript of Sonnet/Ozymandias

More on Structure
What is a Sonnet?
Sonnet is a form of lyric poetry.
It means "little song" or "little sound".
Shakespeare is the most famous author of sonnets.

The art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
Sonnets consist of 14 lines.
Each line containing ten syllables.
The rhyme scheme in a sonnet is: a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g

The sonnets are constructed from three four-line stanzas called quatrains. 
The sonnets end with a final couplet (pair of lines) composed in iambic pentameter.
Iambic pentameter creates a rhythm.  
In Iambic pentameter an unemphasized (weak) syallable is followed by an emphasized (strong) syllable.
This pattern is repeated five times.

Iambic Pentameter
Written for a sonnet competition by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The challenge was to write a poem based on this sculpture.
The subject of the competition was a statue of Ramses II (aka “Ozymandias”)
It weighs almost 7.5 tons
Shelley was fascinated by this giant statue.

Why Should I Care?
The sonnet explores a number of relevant issues/topics:
1. Nothing lasts forever
2. We all die at some point, no
matter how powerful we are.

The Sculpture
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