A Coggle Diagram about THEMES ATTITUDES AND IDEAS, ABOUT POEM (This poem is about a statue of an Egyptian King who ruled over a past civilisation , The King was an arrogant but powerful leader and However this statue is only left as ruins and remains ), QUOTES ("Shattered visage" - Ironic even the most powerful can't control the damaging effects of time, "Sneer of cold command" - The sculptor understood the arrogance of the ruler and "Stand in the desert" - The setting suggests an absence of life and vitility), FSL (LANGUAGE, STRUCTURE and FORM (Rhyme is irregular at times., It is written in an iambic pentameter (10 syllables in a specific line that has 5 stressed and unstressed syllables). and Sonnet with a turning point, (Volta) in line 9 like a Pretrachan sonnet)), SAMPLE ANSWERS (The first description of the face of Ozymandias is:
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
These two lines are packed with negative vocabulary which taken together creates an immediate bad impression of Ozymandias. His permanent expression, a frown, indicates displeasure and this is built upon in the next line. "Wrinkled lip" is a physical action that could indicate contempt; "sneer" is also a contemptuous action and we do not get the sense that his "command" is one welcomed by his people as it is carried out in a "cold" manner.
It is clear that he was not a well-liked king (although he obviously liked himself a great deal) as the poet writes that Ozymandias' hand "mocked" his people.
One thing that does remain of the statue is the inscription, which reads:
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Whatever the works were, it seems they were not created for the benefit of his people but merely to fuel his own ego. He lays down a challenge to others who (like he does) consider themselves "Mighty".
All in all, Shelley creates a character it is difficult - if not impossible - to like.), SAMPLE QUESTIONS (How does Shelley create a negative impression of the ruler Ozymandias in this poem?), ABOUT WRITER (Shelley was a romantic poet, he wrote Ozymandias in 1817 after hearing about an explorer who retrieved this statue from the desert) and THE POEM (I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunk less 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,
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;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”)