What does ‘wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command’ indicate in Shelley’s poem Ozymandias?
The wrinkled lip suggests a disdainful attitude and hauteur.The sneer of cold command signifies the contemptuousness,alofness and pride,which tells a lot about the kings’ haughty personality.
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
The poet has used ‘frown’, ‘wrinkled lip’ and ‘sneer of cold command’ to give us an impression that the subject of the statue, Ozymandias the ruler, was an angry, commanding and often upset man. It is to give a hint to the character of the ruler.