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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 2 months ago

What are some literary elements used in both "Ozymandias" and "To An Athlete Dying Young?"?

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  • Roger
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    2 months ago

    Both "Ozymandias" and "To an Athlete Dying Young" make reference to ancient times. Ozymandias ruled long ago; the athlete when he died enters the realm of Greek or Roman classical underground. Both figures had great moments of glory that have long since passed. Ozymandias's statue, that of a powerful king, has crumbled; the athlete's glory is behind him; in the poem he doesn't even have a name. Both poems are written in formal, regular verse. "Ozymandias" is a sonnet; "To an Athlete Dying Young" is in regular iambic tetrameter. These formal qualities emphasize the seriousness and gravity of the theme of time passing and the transitory nature of renown.

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