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Ozymandias - Important Questions



1.        "The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed." Whose hand and heart has the poet referred to in this line?
2.        "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:" Why does Ozymandias refer to himself as King of Kings? What quality of the king is revealed through this statement?
3.       "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Who is Ozymandias referring to when he speaks of ‘ye Mighty’? Why should they despair?
4.         Bring out the irony in the poem?
5.         'Nothing beside remains.' What does the narrator mean when he says these words?
6.         What is your impression of Ozymandias as a king?
7.         What message is conveyed through this poem?
8.         Describe the statue as seen by the traveller?
9.         What was the contrasting element near the statue and what does it convey to the humanity?
10.     Whose greatness is glorified? Was it appearance of the king on the statue or sculptor who made the statue or the force of nature? Justify your answer.
11.       What did the traveller tell the narrator about what he saw in the ancient land?
12.       What kind of expression did the human face have? What did it tell of the sculptor and the human being after whom he had carved that statue?
13.       What else remained there beside the broken statue? What does it signify?
14.       The poem portrays the short living political power as against the force of time and nature. Discuss
15.       What does the traveller tell the narrator of what he saw in a desert?
16.       Which sort of human weakness is brought out in this poem Ozymandias?
17.       The futility of human beings is exposed in this poem. Discuss?
18.       What is the central idea of the poem?
19.       The poem portrays the short living political power as against the force of time and nature. Discuss

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