Poetry

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Foundations in English Literary Studies
Topic: Poetry (Seasons come to pass)

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Question 1……………………………………….3

Question 2…………………………………..…..4

Question 3………………………………………5

Question 4……………………………………... 6-7

Question 5………………………………………7

Bibliography……………………………………8

Question 1

After reading and analyzing the poem I thought Ozymandias was a successful, powerful and wealthy man, this is suggested by the use of the following words, “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” ,(line 11). These words suggest that Ozymandias has a lot of wealth, as he refers to his “works”, it suggests that Ozymandias is rich as he could employ and command many of the workers (www.enotes.com). The words “sneer of cold command” (line 5) imply that he would coldy command his workers with a cruel smile on his face. The word “despair” (line 11) as he uses it, for everyone to despair as they look at him suggests his pride, his ego and his conceitedness. He seems to be a very arrogant and proud man, as indicated by the words, “ My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings”. These words also suggest that he is very well aware of his power and gladly boasts about his role (www.shmoop.com). He also refers to himself as “King of Kings”, (line 10) this means he regards himself as above everyone else, superior to everyone else or the most powerful leader on earth, this may indicate that he was a vain man. Ozymandias is depicted as a strong ruler in the poem, this can be assumed after reading the lines ‘frown”, “wrinkled lip” and “sneer of cold command” (line 4-5) which suggests snobbishness, authority and high-handedness (www.enotes.com). His frowning, scornfulness or smug smile was intended to scare everyone around him or make them fearful of him, this suggests that he ruled out of fear and thought he was a very powerful ruler. The enormous size of the statue emphasizes the great ego of Ozymandias (www.enotes.com).

Question 2

The word “passions” (line 6) and “lifeless” (line 7) are two contrasting words that the poet uses. The word “passions” is used to describe the “passions” of Ozymandias that the sculptor understood. “Passions” refer to the rage, temper, fury and fierceness of Ozymandias personality and how he used these characteristics to rule. “Passions may also suggest the enthusiasm or eagerness to rule, to control, to dominate or to be in power. The contrasting word “lifeless” refer to the disintegrated statue that now lies in the desert. The “passions” are said to “survive” (line 6-7) as they are “stamped on these lifeless things”. “Stamped” refers to the way in which the sculptor inscribed the frown, the wrinkled lip and the sneer on the statues face and these yet survive and remain even though the sculptor and Ozymandias have both passed (www.shmoop.com). There is a contrast between life and death as these words are used. This means that even though the sculptor and Ozymandias are both dead, the “passions” still survive (still live) as they are inscribed on the pieces of the statue, which are referred to as “lifeless things” (www.shmoop.com). Shelley may be suggesting that human ambition carries on and outlives humans themselves. Even if one dies, their ambition remains forever, it is timeless. Everything could be destroyed, in this case the statue, however the ambition remain (kubusenglish.digress.it) On the other hand, Shelley could be suggesting that at one point in time one could possess so much enthusiasm, eagerness and ambition and all of a sudden all this ambition could vanish or fade away.

Question 3

“The hand that mocked” (line 8) refers to the sculptors hand; “mocked” in this case could mean the way in which the sculptor depicted the kings passions or furthermore we could assume that “mocked” refers to the way in which the sculptor made fun of Ozymandias or portrayed him in attempt to ridicule him....

Bibliography: 1.) www.shmoop.com
2.) www.enotes.com
3.) www.poetryfoundation.com
4.) kubusenglish.digress.it
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