28th September 2017

OZYMANDIS- unfamiliar text

Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias”

I met a traveler 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 Shelley use this effect to communicate the idea of hubris in his sonnet?

HUBRIS: excessive pride or self-confidence.

Language EFFECT: Personification

QUOTE“A shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,”

Shelley uses personification and alliteration to communicate his ideas and hubris in the poem, an example of this is the quote: “A shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”. Shelley talks of a shattered face with a frown who gives a sneer of cold command, using alliteration (cold command) and personification (frown, sneer)



  • Achieved – More than one example, at least one effect 
  • Merit –  Depth: HOW that language effect add to the idea
  • Excellence – Integration: how the effects work together to create deeper meaning.



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