TPCASTT in "Ozymandias"
Updated: 5/2/2017
TPCASTT in "Ozymandias"
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Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Inspired by a statue of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II, unearthed by British archaeologists in the early 1800s, Percy Bysshe Shelley explores the theme of the transience of human power. What once was a symbol of a great and powerful leader, is now a shattered statue slated to sit in a museum.


Storyboard Description

TPCASTT Ozymandias poem

Storyboard Text

  • T - TITLE
  • Hhhmmmm....
  • My Name is Ozymandias, king of kings
  • S - SHIFT
  • My Name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
  • T - TITLE
  • T - THEME
  • My Name is Ozymandias, king of kings
  • “Ozymandias” sounds exotic. It could be the name of a place, or a person from a long time ago.
  • The speaker meets a traveler who has recently seen the great statue of the powerful pharaoh Ramses II, or Ozymandias. The traveler tells the speaker that the statue is in pieces in the sand in the middle of the desert. Ozymandias used to be a great and mighty king, but there is nothing left of his empire anymore.
  • The speaker uses words such as antique, vast, shattered, cold, despair, remains, decay, and wreck to emphasize that this once-great King’s statue now lies broken in a wasteland. Ozymandias once thought he would be remembered for his works which were so great they would last forever, but now, there is nothing left.
  • My Name is Ozymandias, king of kings
  • The tone seems to be ironic. After describing this shattered visage, which was once sculpted with such care by its creator, the inscription on the pedestal shows that it was once a symbol of great power. Unfortunately, that power did not last for Ozymandias.
  • As is true of most sonnets, there is a shift. The shift is found when the speaker moves from describing the physical aspects of the statue, which show that it is in pieces, to the significance of the statue, which is found on the pedestal. This is no longer a piece of marble in the desert; it was the statue of a great king.
  • The title is about the King, Ozymandias, and his great statue that lies in ruins in the middle of the desert.
  • The theme of the poem is that human power and greatness is transient, and while we all hope to leave our mark on the world in some way, nothing lasts forever-- not even great empires.

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