8-OZYMANDIAS

  1. What did the traveler see in a desert? Or who saw the broken statue of Ozymandias? [2006, or who was telling the story?

         The traveler saw the statue of Ozymandias in a desert. He told the poet that the statue of Ozymandias was broken. Two huge bodiless legs made of stone were standing in a desert and the other parts were lying in the sand.

  1. What was the condition of Ozymandias’ statue?

         The statue of Ozymandias was broken. Two huge bodiless legs made of stone were standing in a desert and the other parts were lying in the sand.

  1. What is the theme/central idea of the poem? Or what is the moral lesson of the poem? Or what lesson does the reader get after reading this poem? Or what kind of feeling does the poet create in the reader’s mind? [2007-I,2007-II,

In this, the poet tells that death is a great leveler. It brings an end to all luxuries of life. A man should always be humble about his success He should not be proud of his success. A man should not have feelings of superiority in him because it is an illusion and self-deception. A traveler from an ancient country tells the poet that he saw a broken statue of a King namely Ozymandias. On the pedestal, some words were written which show his pride and arrogance.

  1. What kind of life did Ozymandias spend?

         He spent his life with order and command, anger and arrogance, hatred and contempt and an endless pride of success.

  1. What did the facial expressions of Ozymandias’ statue indicate?

         The facial expressions of Ozymandias’ statue indicate order and command, anger and arrogance, hatred and contempt, and an endless pride of success. Or His facial expressions/features gave the impression that he was proud and contemptuous of others.

  1. How has the artist portrayed the statue of Ozymandias?

         The artist has portrayed the inner feelings of the statue of Ozymandias so beautifully that one could see that he was proud, heartless, and contemptuous of others in his life.

  1. Who was Ozymandias?

         He was the king of Egypt. He ruled the masses with full glory and power. He spent his life with order and command, anger and arrogance, hatred and contempt, and an endless pride of success.

 

 

  1. What was inscribed at the bottom of the statue of Ozymandias?

         It was, “My name is Ozymandias. King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty and despair!” It shows his arrogance and contempt.

 

Reference to the Context

REFERENCE:

These lines have been taken from the poem “Ozymandias” written by Jan Percy Bysshe Shelley

CONTEXT:

In this, the poet tells that death is a great leveler. It brings an end to all luxuries of life. A man should always be humble about his success He should not be proud of his success. A man should not have feelings of superiority in him because it is an illusion and self-deception. A traveler from an ancient country tells the poet that he saw a broken statue of a King namely Ozymandias. On the pedestal, some words were written which show his pride and arrogance.

EXPLANATION

Stanza-1

In these lines, the poet tells that he met a traveler from an ancient country. He tells the poet that he saw two huge bodiless legs and a broken face in anger half-buried in the sand. The facial expressions of Ozymandias’ statue indicate order and command, anger and arrogance, hatred and contempt, and an endless pride of success. The artist has portrayed the inner feelings of the statue of Ozymandias so beautifully that one could see that he was proud, heartless, and contemptuous of others in his life.

Stanza-2

   In these lines, the poet tells that Ozymandias claimed himself to be the king of kings. Achievements made him proud and contemptuous of others. He believed that no one could be equal to him but now it was dessert everywhere and nothing was left that the king was so proud of. The pride and wretched reality of a man’s life is described in this poem.

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