Year 9En1 – Mr Dettman – Ozymandias – A Poet’s Perspective

Due Monday, 20th January.
 
Which of the four comments below best fit the poet’s point of view of the sculptor? 
 
Rank the following comments, and write about the one you agree with the most.
Support your ideas with quotations.
 
(Here’s a link to the poem if you don’t have one: http://holyjoe.org/poetry/shelley.htm )
a)The sculptor was trying to flatter Ozymandias with the statue.
b)The sculptor had great skill in making a piece of stone come to life.
c)The sculptor failed at their task as the statue is a ruin.
d)The sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias.
 
Higher level answers will make use of appropriate adjectives (D), a quotation or two (C), or even a draw a comparison between famous dictators in history (B/A).
 
Mr Dettman
 
p.s. for those of you who wanted to see more of the Abandoned Scenes, here’s a link to the Buzzfeed website: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/the-33-most-beautiful-abandoned-places-in-the-world    Aren’t they incredible?!
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20 thoughts on “Year 9En1 – Mr Dettman – Ozymandias – A Poet’s Perspective

  1. George Bakewell

    I think that the sculptor was mocking Ozymandias’ arrogance, in the poem it says “wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command tell that its sculptor well those passions read.” This means (as best as I can make out) that the sculptor had a stereotyped image of Ozymandias, one where Ozymandias was wearing a sneer “of cold command”. This stereotype was probably well founded, Ozymandias maybe bullying and torturing the sculptor, so the sculptor wanted to get across these vile habits in his portrayal of Ozymandias, making him out as an evil, arrogant tyrant.

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  2. Georgia Shapter

    In my opinion the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias, because in the poem the quote on the pedestal reads ” my name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ which I think means look at me and how great I am and when you look at me despair but actually he was a mighty king in his own opinion and others thought he was a dictator and dictators aren’t generally nice people. And he thinks people will despair when they look on his works but maybe people won’t despair.

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  3. Laura Peeke

    I think the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,” The sculptor has described Ozymandias as frightening and demanding, which Ozymandias would not agree with. “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” When writing this line, the sculptor has put an exclamation mark at the end of Ozymandias speech. Suggesting what Ozymandias is saying is not true and he thinks it’s a joke. This suggests he is mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias.

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  4. Nicole Petrova

    I think the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. Because in the context, that this phrase “wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command tell that its sculptor well those passions read. “Points us to the fact that Ozymandias was greedy, callous and indifferent. His teams have cooled the warm hearts of people, maybe even smashed them, and it was his type of control, control of his people. And perhaps these abuses, or education on his part, has led to, that sculptors were delighted with his anger, Tehrani, brutality, and perhaps even mortis. By this they portrayed him as a demon or a creature from hell.

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  5. belinda

    In my opinion,the sculptor was almost mocking Ozymandius as shelley writes “whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command” all of these points are negative and its as though the sculptor is trying to contribute to the fact that ozymandias wasn’t a very likeable person. A frown on the statue of Ozymandias indicates that he was known for that look on his face, maybe he wasn’t happy with the work that had been achieved or maybe he frowned at his people as he thought that they were not good enough? The wrinkled lip suggests that Ozymandias was not a young ruler and that although he pretended to be young, in reality he was old. Finally, the sneer of cold command bespeaks that Ozymandias was a cruel character who did always have a sneer on his face. Someone may have a sneer because they are sneering at others. I think that Ozymandias was sneering at other people who he did not think were good enough and these are the features that the sculptor portrayed.

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  6. Annabel

    In my opinion, the sentence that best fits the poem is : ‘the sculpture was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias’. This line is very fitting because Ozymandias’ character was very severe, in the way that he was a very self centred and opinionated ruler. For example, in the poem it says ‘a wrinkled lip, and a sneer of cold command’. From this line we can gather that the poet is purposely using words such as ‘sneer’ and ‘cold’ to create a harsh atmosphere. By doing so, the reader automatically realises that that Ozymandius was indeed mocking his people.

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  7. Charlie

    I think that the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. In the poem (as most of the other comments state) it says “wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command, tell that its sculptor well those passions read.” The poet has purposely used words such as ‘sneer’ and ‘cold’ to create a distorted atmosphere. Showing that the sculptor was as important and almost as powerful as the poet suggests Ozymandias was.

    Comparing previous dictators, most of the images or paintings captured show these tyrants as stern and almost ruthless characters. Take for example Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al – Gaddafi, (commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi), he mocked his people. He would have them shot dead if they looked at him in a way he didn’t feel comfortable with. The poem shows a resemblance to future events. What I am trying to say is that the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley was written on 11 January 1818, almost 194 years after Gaddafi was removed from power. Is there a rule book that has been passed down through the ages on how to dictate?

    There are similarities between Ozymandias and another infamous dictator, the former Iraqi leader of almost twenty four years, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti. A 12 metre high bronze statue was erected in honour of the 65th birthday of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square in Baghdad only one year prior to the end of his dictatorship in April 2002. His tyrannical reign ended in April 2003.

    Saddam in Arabic means “One who confronts”. I find that very chilling.

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  8. Aaron

    I think that the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. In the poem it says ” a wrinkled lip and a sneer of cold command.” By using words such as “sneer” and “cold” it gives you that sense that he was not a good ruler of his people. These words chosen by the poet indicate that the sculptor was mocking Ozymandias as well by what was wrote on the sculptor. “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!” The poet wrote this because it makes it sounds like he is the ruler that know one likes and everyone bows down to him. But in truth he was taken down by the people just like his sculptor was.

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  9. Heather

    I think the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. I think this because in the poem it says And on the pedestal these words appear: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” He thought a lot of himself to call himself a king when he was actually a dictator and he thought when people looked at him they should worship him yet be afraid of him. The poet is almost mocking him because he thought of himself as a king yet his statue was destroyed I think the poet was trying to say when you are gone you can’t stop what nature or people do. Also “wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command” shows he wasn’t a good leader because a good leader shouldn’t have a sneer of cold command as people would be afraid of him however in my opinion I think he wanted people to be afraid of him.

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  10. Jake Rogers

    I agree with the other comments the poet is almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. I think this because the poet states in the poem “a wrinkled lip and a sneer of cold command.” This shows that the poet doesn’t believe that Ozymandias was a good dictator and he thought he was cruel to his people. Also in part of the poem it states “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings” Even though Ozymandias wasn’t a king he was a dictator he must of thought he was the best of the best and no one is worthy and everyone should be afraid. This shows he was probably big headed so the poet is mocking Ozymandias by saying he wasn’t a good dictator and no one really liked him.

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  11. jess

    I think that The sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias. As on the pedestal it said “my name is Ozymandias king of kings look on my work ye mighty and despair” and this is a very vain thing to say however from what i have gathered from the poem Ozymandias was a very proud dictator.His statue is supposed to give of fear and power but now is a wreck in the middle of now were.The poet also mocks him as the atmosphere he creates with phrases such as ‘sneer’ and ‘cold.’

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  12. Darion

    I believe the sculptor was mocking Ozymandias when the statue is described to have a “sneer of cold command” it makes Ozymandias sound cruel and heartless. Ozymandias described himself as the King of Kings he wanted all the power he could get and all the authority he could muster but as other dictators before him such as Hitler and Kim Jong this power corrupted him giving him the ability to abuse and mistreat his people “the hand that mock’d them” he mocked his own people, but never knew that one day he would be overthrown and his statue to be left in ruin as the poem has described.

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  13. Samuel Davies

    I think that the sculptor was trying to flatter Ozymandias, as if the sculptor was building, because he was asked too, he surely wanted to do the best of his ability and could mean he was flattering him or so etching along those lines.

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  14. Harriet

    I think that the sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias, as he did not respect what he was doing to his subjects. “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read.” This shows that the sculptor knew exactly what ozymandias was like, and mocked him for it.

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  15. Darion

    i belive the sculptor was mocking Ozymandias because the poem describes a “sneer of cold comand” making him sound cruel and heartless. Ozymandias described himself as The King of Kings, showing he wanted to gain all the power and authority he could but as dictators before him found such as Hitler and Kim Jong this power corupted him giving him the illusion it was ok to abuse and mistreat his people. “The hand that mock’d them” this line proves Ozymandias had no care for his people.

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  16. Alanta Vincent

    The sculptor was almost mocking the arrogance of Ozymandias because the poet describes him as a cruel and uncaring person the poet says that Ozymandias gave a sneer and cold command.

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  17. Shannon b

    The sculptor was mocking ozymandias because the poem quotes sneer of cold command and wrinkled lip making him sound full of himself and cruel. He describes himself as king of all kings making himself feel like he has more power than anyone else and also the hand that mocked then sounds like he has no care for anyone else

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  18. lauren brownhill

    I think the sculptor was mocking Ozymandias because of his arrogance and the disrespect he had for his subjects prove by the the quotation. “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”, “the king of kings”. This suggests that he was arrogant to think he was the king of all kings.

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