Percy Shelley: Poems

why does shelley use vast to describe the remains of the statue rather than big



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"Ozymandias" - ???  The statue, although now decomposed, represented the rule of one of the great Pharoahs.  His rule covered a vast area of land and was thus not just large because of its size, but vast, because of its influence.

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