Why might Shelley have used reported speech to describe the monument instead of relying on the his own direct address to the reader? Now one looks and sees nothing whatsoever. Shelley's poem appeared on 11 January and Smith's on 1 February. The analysis of some of the prominent poetic devices in the poem is given below. Explain the phrases in the context of the poem: Question 6: a A shatter'd visage- Question 6: b Wrinlked lip and sneer of cold command- Question6: c Colossal wreck - Q 07 Answer these questions with reference to the context : 1 'My name is Ozymandias , kings of kings: Look on my works , ye Mighty ,and despair! As a sonnet, it has only fourteen lines, but in this limited space, Shelley explores a number of issues with enduring relevance. He abandoned his family to be with her; they married after his first wife committed suicide, and Mary changed her surname to Shelley.
Now, again the poem shifts to the statue. The rhyme scheme of Ozymandias is ababacdcedefef. But, the poem ironically presents a great message about the transitory short-lived existence of the boastful might of the ruler. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. The word colossal also emphasizes the scope of Ozymandias's ambitions as well. These images help readers visualize the status of the broken statue.
Question 1:What did the traveler see in the desert? He uses words such as decay and bare to show just how powerless this once-mighty pharaoh has become. May be he is referring to his construction his temples and statues. Near them are the remains of a stone face — evidently part of a statue — and the face bears a superior, grim expression. Question 2: Describe the face of the statue. The mention of a traveler is a promise of a story. At this time, members of Shelley's literary circle would sometimes challenge each other to write competing sonnets on a common subject: Shelley, and wrote competing sonnets on the Nile around the same time. It explores these themes with some striking imagery, amplified by a setting—Egypt and the Sahara desert—that was exotic for European audiences in the early 19th century.
In a way, the artist has become more powerful than the king. Question 4 : Whose statue was it? It shows the keen observation of the traveler on the one hand, and the artistic skills of a sculptor on the other. . . As the poem progresses, the old pattern of rhyme is replaced with the new pattern which makes the poem unique in its structure. So the poet here highlights the mortality and inevitable decline of so-called mighty leaders and their false pride in contrary to the immortality of creative works.
Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. A shatter'd visage means a broken face. If Shelley is commenting on poetry, do you think he aligns himself with Ozymandias or the sculptor? Image: , on deviantart Creative Commons. The desert indicates that it was ancient Egypt. The statue of king Ozymandias depicts the expression of arrogance, contempt, cruelty and confidence even today.
He could also be calling attention to the numerous colossal statues of him. The sonnet is about the ruins of a statue of Ozymandias. There was frown on the face , the lips were wrinkled with a sneer of cold command. . . However, what stays in the minds of the readers is the impacts of the transience of life and permanence of art. The words are listed in the order in which they appear in the poem.
It is in these lines that the theme of the poem emerges: All leaders will eventually pass, and all civilizations will eventually fall. This rhyme scheme differs from the rhyme scheme of a traditional Petrarchan sonnet, whose octave the first eight lines of the poem usually has a rhyme scheme of abbaabba; its sestet the final six lines of the sonnet does not have an assigned rhyme scheme, but it usually rhymes every other line, or contains three different rhymes. Answer 6b:The Esabove phrase is taken from the poem Ozymandias written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Just try reading the poem out loud, and you'll see what we mean. But Ozymandias symbolizes not only political power—the statue can be a metaphor for the pride and hubris of all of humanity, in any of its manifestations.
What is the relationship between Ozymandias and the sculptor who immortalizes him? It is frequently anthologised and is probably Shelley's most famous short poem. The reader also does not know where the speaker first met this sojourner. There is absolutely nothing left. It means there were fold in the lips and the mark of aggressive command on the lips. Shelley had read of the statue in Diodorus Siculus, a Roman writer, who had described it as intact.
Only his legs stand, his broken trunk lies half buried in sand. Think of some of the monuments in your country. But the next line shifts the attention from the statue to the sculptor who created it. Nothing more except the empty desert. Near the standing legs he also came across the broken head shattered visage of the statue that was partially buried in the sand.
If anyone would know how great I am and where I lie, let him surpass one of my works. Yet, communicating words presents a different set of problems. It clarifies the meanings of the and makes it clear that once the king was mighty and all-powerful. Our pride and might will eventually disappear. The ruler was a wicked guy, but he took care of his people. This stone face was clearly modelled on a real person, most probably a ruler, who once had a kingdom or empire in the desert — now long since vanished.