Class 11 Eglish Notes Poem 8 Ozymandias for Punjab and Rawalpindi board, MCQs, True / False, Match the Columns, Grammar, Questions Answers, and 1st Year FSc Part-1 notes.
Q 5. Give a summary of the poem.
The poem “Ozymandias” is written by P. B. Shelley. It possesses a strong context and criticism of our vanity and pride because of our successful leads. The poet meets a traveller from an ancient land. He tells the poet that he has seen two huge and bodiless legs of stone, standing in the desert. And near them, the rest of the body lies broken and half sunk in the sand. The frowns and features of the statue depict the man’s pride and arrogance. And the pedestal has these words engraved on it, “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!”
But the grave contrast between the condition of the broken statue and the words mentioned on the pedestal put the writer to work and convey his feelings that time brings all luxuries of life to an end and death is a great leveller. The poet considers all feelings of superiority in man as only an illusion and self-deception. A man should avoid self-deception because it leads him to destruction.
Q 6. What kinds of feelings does the poem create in the reader’s mind?
The reader gets the feeling of helplessness against fate and death. Everything that we attain or gather by wisdom or power in this world is callously snatched away by death. Our might and strength cannot fight for our survival. We are bound to meet our ultimate fate and return to dust.
Q 7. What did the traveller see in the desert?
The traveller saw a broken statue of a King in the desert. The features of the king and the words stated on the pedestal depicted his might, pride and arrogance. However, the condition of the statue conveyed the harsh reality of life. His death callously snatched everything that he possessed and he ultimately returned to dust.