28th September 2017

Ozymandias

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,
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.

  1. Name one language effect used in the poem
  2. Quote an example using this effect
  3. How does Shelly use this effect to communicate the idea of hubris in is sonnet
 1. Adjectives- The author Percy Shelly uses adjectives to describe details of the shape, size and the appearance of the object. A quote from the text is “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”. The author uses adjectives to communicate the idea of hubris in his sonnet by describing his aura and statues appearance making him seem tough, harsh and cold. They way adjectives are used to describe the character gives the poem meaning and the sonnet a hubris.

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