Analyzing a poem: Ozymandias


Welcome to the English class Grade 11. 

You will navigate through this WebQuest to gather information efficiently. 

Look through each section and appreciate the content without being overwhelmed by poems. 

I understand that it seems intimidating but this WebQuest will show you how fun it can really be! 


Look through these pictures and tell me if you recognise the characters. This will help you associate meaning to the poem. At the end of this you will be able to follow a process to studying poetry.

Do you know who these 2 characters are? Are they villains? Did they have a valid reason for what they did?

What type of person is Scar?    



After looking at the pictures take a look at this site and read the poem.

  1. Annote and analyse key point on a clean copy of the poem. Use highlighters and arrows. 
  2. Make notes on the poem about anything you find interesting. 
  3. Note down vocabulary you don't understand. 
  4. You can find a text of the poem below. 

P.B. Shelley – Ozymandias Analysis

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.”


Answer these questions to test your understanding of the poem. The answers will be discussed during our Zoom session next week. Be sure to complete it before that class. 

Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelly

  1. Which antique land had the traveller come from?                                        1
  2. What impression of the two legs of the statue (line 2) is gained by the use of the adjective ‘vast’?                                                                                      1                                                                                                           
  3. What did Ozymandias think when engraving the quoted words on the pedestal?                                                                                                      1
  4. Who do we imagine ‘ye mighty’ would have been?                                      1
  5. Why are the words on the pedestal deeply ironic now?                                2
  6. Comment on the quality of language ‘Nothing beside remains’ (LINE 12)    2
  7. What is the effect of the three sets of alliteration in the last two lines?         2
  8. Ozymandias is a sonnet, but it is not a conventional sonnet. Explain why, with reference to the rhyming in the poem.                                                                        2  

Total 12                                                   


Follow the links to see the format of how to complete your work.

Creative writing homework activity 

  • Choose one option 
  • The body of your response should be 150-200 words in length 
  • Pay particular attention to format, register and audience

1. Diary Entry

"Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair"

Imagine you are Ozymandias re-incarnated for one day. Write a diary entry of how he feels seeing this new world and how he felt when he thought of himself as 'The King of Kings'

25 Marks 


2. Friendly Letter 

The sculptor has a friend to who he often writes to. Imagine you are the sculptor and write a friendly letter to your friend expressing how you feel about creating the statue for Ozymandias. 

25 Marks 



Malan, R. 2015. POEMscapes. 5th edn. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.


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Welcome to Ms Haamedah Rawats class 

I have the pleasure of working with you in English.  I am looking forward to an exciting year and I am delighted to have you in my class.  This year we will have some fun and challenging tasks to help us reach our goals.  We are going to work, play, and learn hard and have fun in the process.  Through our daily interaction, we will learn and prove there is no "I" in "TEAM."  Our class goal will be to work together towards a fantastic and successful school year! I

The format of our English class will be highly structured and will provide you with the flexibility to choose amongst various assignments and projects. In addition to regular projects and homework,  I will be expecting all work assigned in class to be completed. 
Please ask questions. Homework is intended to be challenging yet doable, not impossible nor impractical.

My primary goal is to keep you engaged and interested in English. It is my personal belief that our class is much more than grammar, spelling, literature, and poetry. This is a vehicle we use to express ourselves, be it verbally or through written compositions.

The most important goal this year is to keep the lines of communication open between us. 

Contact me anytime! Enjoy and savour every lesson