ppt on ozymandias

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King of Kings

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1 Look at the picture given below :

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2 While on sight-seeing tour to an old place far away from your home , you saw this statue … Now discuss with your partner what it tells you about the People, the Place and the Ruler.

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3 Note down your ideas in the web- chart. The place: sand , desert………….. The statue :brokenface,face is…. My impressions….. The ruler must have been ………………… The people…………

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Percy Bysshe Shelley Born: 4 August 1792 Field Place, Horsham, England. Educated at Eton and then sent to oxford . Shelley under the influence of revolutionary ideas of the English philosopher, William Godwin Died: 8 July 1822 (aged 29)Viareggio, Grand Duchy of Tuscany He is one of the most important Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, Novelists the world has ever seen….. 4

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5 This poem illustrates the vanity of human greatness and the failure of all attempts to immortalize human grandeur. Ozymandias was a great Egyptian king ,a life like statue of whom was made to immortalize him. But now the statue lies broken and disfigured , and all around it is a barren desert. This poem does not rigidly obey the accepted conventions of the sonnet. The rhyme scheme does not follow any of the recognized pattern and some rhymes are faulty (for instance , stone and frown: appear and despair. It’s moral goes home to our heart with force and vigor.

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6 Human glory and pomp are not everlasting . Hammers of decay quickly follow s hammers of construction. There is a touch of melancholy about the poem because it makes us reflect over the vanity of human wishes and failure of all our efforts to keep our memory alive for ever.. The moral is not directly stated .The poet only presents a picture to our minds and we have ourselves to draw the moral

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7 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 sculptue well those passions read Which yet survive, stampt on these lifeless things , The hand that mockt them and the heart hat fed : And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias , king of kings : Look on my works , ye Mighty , and despair!’ Nothing besides remains .Round the decay Of that colossal wreck , boundless and bare The lone and level stands stretch far away.”

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The final five lines mock the inscription hammered into the pedestal of the statue. The original inscription read “I am Ozymandias, King of Kings; if anyone wishes to know what I am and where I lie, let him surpass me in some of my exploits.” The idea was that he was too powerful for even the common king to relate to him; even a mighty king should despair at matching his power. That principle may well remain valid, but it is undercut by the plain fact that even an empire is a human creation that will one day pass away. 9

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10 The statue and surrounding desert constitute a metaphor for invented power in the face of natural power. By Shelley’s time, nothing remains but a shattered bust, eroded “visage,” and “ trunkless legs” surrounded with “nothing” but “level sands” that “stretch far away.” Shelley thus points out human mortality and the fate of artificial things.

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12 Presented by : Mr. PARDESHI MANOJ n. (TGT. ENGLISH) KV. NDA. KHADAKWASLA, PUNE