Ozymandias Ozymandias

Ozymandias brings forth the dichotomy that has been prevalent in society. For ages emperors have thought of immortalizing themselves through their enormous wealth and power. They have had a firm belief that through powerful structures they can immortalize themselves and rule till eternity. But Shelley has proved the fallacy of this nation by showing the ruins of the mighty king Ozymandias who had tried to immortalize himself. 

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Where was the traveller coming from.
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command. a) Where was the traveller coming from? b) What is the wrinkled lip and sneer symbolic of?
a) The traveler was coming form an ancient land. b) They are symbolic of cruelty which was present in the king which had been well sculpted by the sculptor.
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command, a) What does the poet mean by antique land? i) a place where antique goods are found. ii) a place where people living are very old. iii) a very distant land where very less people live or it is a very far off land where ancient civilizations existed. iv) a place where children live. b) ‘Two vast and trunkless legs’ which poetic device is used in the above line? i) Alliteration ii) Simile iii) Metaphor iv) Onomatopoeia c) Whose statue was it? i) It was the statue of Ozymandias. ii) It was the statue of a giant animal. iii) It was the statue of a lady warrior. iv) It was the statue of a queen.
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things. The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; a) What do the wrinkled lip and sneer suggest? i) When the sculptor made the sculpture, the person was in an angry mood. ii) The man whose sculpture was being made, was tired for he was standing for a long time. iii) He was a proud and haughty man. iv) The man was forced by the sculptor to stand. b) What is the ambiguity juxtaposition in line 3? i) The man has died though he was full of pride. ii) Death lays its cold hands on everyone. iii) The proud man who thought he would never die and no one remembers him. iv) On one hand the statue is a lifeless thing but on the other hand the passions of Ozymandias survive through the skill of the sculptor. c) Whose hand and heart are referred to here? i) The heart and hand of the poet. ii) The heart and hand of the sculptor. iii) The heart and hand of Ozymandias. iv) The heart and hand of the traveller.
And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look upon my works, ye Mighty and despair!” Nothing beside remains. a) What do these lines reflect about Ozyrnandias’ character? i) He was a mighty king. ii) He could conquer everyone. iii) He was a proud and vain king. iv) He was a very humble and kind. b) What is the rhyme scheme of these lines? i) abab ii) abba iii) aabb iv) abca c) What is the tone of the poem? i) sad ii) sarcastic iii) nostalgic iv) joyful
And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of king: Look upon my works, Ye Mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains, Round the decay a) What do the words on the pedestal suggest about the king? b) What is Ozymandias symbolic of? c) What is the irony in these lines?
Answer the following questions by ticking the correct options. a) he poem is set in_______________ . i) the wilderness a palace ii) an ancient land iii) a desert b) The expression on the face of the statue is one of_______________ i) admiration ii) anger iii) despair iv) contempt c) This poem throws light on the ______ nature of Ozymandias. i) cruel ii) arrogant iii) boastful iv) aggressive d) The sculptor was able- to understand Ozymandias’___________. i) words ii) feelings iii) expression iv) ambition e) The tone of the poem is ____________ i) mocking ii) gloomy iii) nostalgic iv) gloating
“The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed.” Whose hand and heart has the poet referred to in this line?
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:” Why does Ozymandias refer to himself as King of Kings? What quality of the king is revealed through this statement?
“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Who is Ozymandias referring to when he speaks of ye Mighty? Why should they despair?
What is the tone of the poem?
What is the irony in the poem?
Who are the three people who speak in the poem?
What do you come to know about the sculptor from the poem?
How can the poem ‘Ozymandias’ be compared to today’s society?
What does the partially destroyed statue symbolise?

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