The statue was sculpted with the intention of immortalising Ozymandias.

  • ‘Half sunk, a shattered visage lies’
  • ‘survive, stamped on these lifeless things’
  • ‘Nothing beside remains.’
  • ‘decay Of that colossal wreck’


Many people died, as a result of the war and disease, during the late 1700’s.

  • ‘blood down Palace walls’
  • ‘plagues the Marriage hearse’

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Approximately, 110 soldiers were killed, during the Battle of Balaclava. They followed orders and sacrificed their lives for their country:

  • ‘ “Charge for the guns!” ’
  • ‘Into the valley of Death’
  • ‘Theirs but to do and die.’
  • ‘Into the jaws of Death’
  • ‘Then they rode back, but not Not the six hundred’
  • ‘While horse and hero fell.’


Soldiers face perilous conditions whilst fighting at war:

  • ‘merciless iced east winds the knife us…’
  • ‘twitching agonies of men among its brambles’
  • ‘deadly… air that shudders black with snow’
  • ‘Slowly our ghosts drag home’
  • ‘We turn back to our dying’
  • ‘frost will fasten on this mud and us’
  • All their eyes are ice’

Bayonet Charge

Although this soldier’s outcome is ambiguous, death is experienced within nature:

  • ‘Threw up a yellow hare that rolled like a flame’
  • ‘mouth wide Open silent, its eyes standing out.’


The soldier’s involvement with the murder of the looter haunts him:

  • ‘I see every round as it rips through his life-‘
  • ‘I see broad daylight on the other side’
  • ‘we’ve hit this looter a dozen times’
  • ‘he’s there on the ground, sort of inside out’
  • ‘tosses his guts back into his body’
  • ‘he’s carted off in the back of a lorry’
  • ‘His blood-shadow stays on the street’
  • ‘he’s torn apart by a dozen rounds’
  • ‘not left for dead in some distant…land’
  • ‘his bloody life in my bloody hands


It is ambiguous as to whether or not the son has died but there are many details to suggest that he has:

  • ‘poppies had already been placed on individual war graves’
  • ‘spasm of paper red’
  • ‘After you’d gone I… released a song bird’
  • ‘skirting the church yard walls’
  • ‘I traced the inscriptions on the war memorial’
  • I listened hoping to hear your playground voice’

War Photographer

The photographer captures a distressing image of a man and his wife who are injured in a war-torn land:

  • ‘spools of suffering set out in ordered rows’
  • ‘The only light is red and softly glows’
  • ‘though this were a church and he a priest’
  • ‘A stranger’s features faintly start to twist’
  • ‘a half-formed ghost’
  • ‘blood stained into foreign dust’


The pilot should have sacrificed his life on a suicide mission, along with his other comrades. When he returned home, his existence was bleak:

  • ‘enough fuel for a one-way journey into history’
  • ‘built cairns of pearl- grey pebbles’
  • ‘they treated him as though he no longer existed’
  • ‘to live as though he had never returned’
  • ‘must have wondered which had been the better way to die’