Loss Of Love And Power, But Long Live The Art!

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Nothing is everlasting. Love, power, and even hatred are transient. The feelings of people, as people die, they disappear. However, in “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelly and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, art is everlasting. Even through the loss of one’s reputation and wife (whether it was by chance or purposefully) the work of art outlived.
No matter how mighty or how strong a thing or a person is, when it comes to this world, it isn't important because it is condemned to vanish. All the tyrants who ever existed or will exist will disappear. "Look on my works, ye mighty and despair" it is ironical because he thought his power would last forever; but all that is left of him is the wreck of the statue.
At the same time the title of the poem, "Ozymandias", and “antique land" are similar to “Neptune” in “My Last Duchess”'. While 'Ozymandias' is a sculpture of a cruel and proud king, “Neptune” in ‘My Last Duchess' represents cruel and proud duke of Ferrara at the time of Renaissance in Italy. The poem is like the reflection of the life and the people of the Renaissance. At the beginning of the poem the Duke shows the painting of his last duchess to a guest and speaks about it: "That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall.” The first thing which attracts our attention in the poem is the Duke's insensitiveness in front of the painting of his last Duchess who was ordered to be killed by him by many interpretations. The interesting point in this poem is that the duke does not feel sorrow for his wife's death. On the contrary, he feels only a kind of pleasure for watching a kind of masterpiece of art reflecting the beautiful face of his ex-wife. As it is seen clearly, Browning, in the brief story of the duke who is now getting ready for another marriage, tells us about the aristocrats of the Renaissance who were proud, cruel, ruthless and immoral, but at the same time educated to be fond of art.
When the Duke speaks, we catch glimpses of...

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