Ozymandias by Percy Shelley Quiz

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Percy Shelley was a ______ poet, active during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The statue's head lies near its stone legs, with a haughty expression on its ______.

The engraving at the statue's base reads 'My name is Ozymandias, ______ of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.'

'Ozymandias' is a ______, a form of love poetry originating in 13th-century Italy.

The poem's form (rhyme scheme) reflects its content by showing the transitory nature of ______.

The poem can be interpreted as a commentary on human ______ and a criticism of King George III, monarch during Shelley's time.

Ozymandias' self-proclaimed title 'King of kings' is reminiscent of the Biblical title given to ______, hinting at Shelley's criticism of religion.

The statue once symbolized the power and grandeur of a vast empire, but now it's isolated and crumbled in the ______.

Shelley's poem criticizes monarchy and ______ through the character of Ozymandias, an Egyptian king.

What is the main theme of the poem 'Ozymandias'?

What does the engraving at the statue's base reveal about Ozymandias' character?

In what way does the form (rhyme scheme) of the poem 'Ozymandias' relate to its content?

What does the statue of Ozymandias represent in the poem?

How does Percy Shelley's background as a Romantic poet influence the theme of 'Ozymandias'?

What is the significance of Ozymandias' self-proclaimed title 'King of kings' in the poem?

What does the statue of Ozymandias, an ancient Egyptian king, symbolize in the poem?

How does the form (rhyme scheme) of the poem 'Ozymandias' relate to its content?

What is the main theme of the poem 'Ozymandias'?

How does Percy Shelley's background as a Romantic poet influence the portrayal of Ozymandias in the poem?

What does Ozymandias' self-proclaimed title 'King of kings' suggest in relation to Percy Shelley's criticism of religion?

What does the haughty expression on Ozymandias' face at the statue's base signify?

Summary

  • 'Ozymandias' is a poem by Percy Shelley, published in 1818.
  • The poem is about a traveler's encounter with a statue of Ozymandias, an ancient Egyptian king, in a desert.
  • The statue's head lies near its stone legs, with a haughty expression on its face.
  • The engraving at the statue's base reads 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair.'
  • The statue once symbolized the power and grandeur of a vast empire, but now it's isolated and crumbled in the desert.
  • Percy Shelley was a Romantic poet, active during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Romantic poets, including Shelley, disliked the imposed control of monarchy and religion.
  • Shelley's poem criticizes monarchy and religion through the character of Ozymandias, an Egyptian king.
  • The poem's overarching message is that power is transitory and changes over time.
  • 'Ozymandias' is a sonnet, a form of love poetry originating in 13th-century Italy.
  • The poem's form (rhyme scheme) reflects its content by showing the transitory nature of power.
  • The poem can be interpreted as a commentary on human power and a criticism of King George III, monarch during Shelley's time.
  • Ozymandias' self-proclaimed title 'King of kings' is reminiscent of the Biblical title given to God, hinting at Shelley's criticism of religion.
  • Comparable poems to 'Ozymandias' include 'Extract from The Prelude,' 'My Last Duchess,' 'Kamikaze,' and 'Tissue,' all dealing with misguided notions of human power.

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Test your knowledge of Percy Shelley's poem 'Ozymandias' with this quiz. Explore the themes, form, and historical context of the poem, as well as its relationship with Romantic poetry and criticism of monarchy and religion.

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