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.
Name one language effect used in the poem.
Quote an example using this effect.
“Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,”
How does Shelley use this effect to communicate the idea of hubris in his sonnet?
Shelley using the language effect “Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,” to personify a shattered statue. Shelley personifies the statue as a man with great hubris. His ‘sneer of cold command’ shows how he knows he holds the power and believes he deserves it. “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” Shelley uses this quote, possibly on the plaque of this statue, to show again how much hubris this man has.
This relates to a character called Jack from the novel The Lord of the Flies. A bunch of boys crash on a remote island and there are no adults around. Jack believed he deserved to be the chief as he was the leader of the choir at his school. The boys vote in a boy called Ralph and Jack gets mad. Later on in the book Jack starts his own tribe as he believes Ralph doesn’t deserve power. Jack has so much self-pride that he can’t handle not being in charge so had to start his own tribe.