"Ozymandias" Literary Elements Scavenger Hunt

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Literary Elements in "Ozymandias"

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When teaching poetry, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. Terms like “metaphor", "alliteration", "personification", "imagery", "apostrophe", and "assonance" are a few important terms.

After you have read the poem, ask your students to do a scavenger hunt using the storyboard creator. Give them the list again and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element in the poem. They will have an absolute blast and gain mastery of the words.

Examples of Literary Elements Shelley uses in "Ozymandias"

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas “The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.”
Alliteration Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words in a sentence or line “And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command”
Assonance The repetition of a vowel sound “Half sunk, a shattered visage lies,”
Imagery The use of descriptive or figurative language to create vivid mental imagery that appeals to the senses “Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Apostrophe A direct address to an absent person, concept, or inanimate object “‘Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’”


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Create a storyboard that shows five examples of literary elements in "Ozymandias".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of literary elements in the text.
  3. Put the type of literary element in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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