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In Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley explain the lines: "The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed"

  • In these lines "Mock'd" can have two meanings. The first meaning is usual meaning - "made fun of". the other interpretation is "copied," or "imitated."
  • "Hand" is a used for the sculptor. So the sculptor both made fun of and copied the passions of the subject of the statue.
  • "The heart that fed" refers to the heart that "fed" or nourished the passions of the man that the statue is of.
  • These passions not only "survive"; they have also outlived both the sculptor ("the hand that mock'd") and the heart of the man depicted by the statue.
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