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Identify Key Content in Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and Explain How They Compare.

In this worksheet, students will identify the key themes in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and explain the similarities between the two poems.

'Identify Key Content in Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and Explain How They Compare.' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Tissue'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Both ‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker and ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Shelley, show the power of time and how nothing can defy it. The writer of 'Tissue' considers the idea that buildings, built to withstand time, are instead made of paper or "living tissue" and even "skin". Similarly, in ‘Ozymandias’, Shelley immediately reminds the reader of the power of time by referring to the "antique land", which creates images of ruinous cities overcome by nature. 

 

 

tissueEgyptian pharaoh

 

 

The main themes running throughout the poems are time, power, nature, memory, innocence, and destruction.

 

In the following questions, you will compare the similarities between the two poems.

 

tissue

 

 

In order to identify the comparisons in 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias', we need to understand the meaning of both poems. Read the poem 'Tissue' and match the questions to the correct answers below:

 

Column A

Column B

How are images altered when you look at them throu...
They have the ability to contain information that ...
Books are made from paper and paper is fragile; ye...
They are blurry and unclear
Why are some books "smoothed and stroked" as pages...
It is fragile and can be easily broken
In what way is human life like tissue paper?
They are very important to people and are treated ...

Egypt Sphinx

 

Now read the poem 'Ozymandias' and match the questions to their answers below:

Column A

Column B

Who is the narrator of the poem?
It is broken and half covered by the desert sand
Where does the statue stand?
A person who was told about the statue by a travel...
What state is the statue in?
He was a cruel ruler who treat his people badly an...
What are the only parts of the statue left standin...
In the desert
What type of a ruler was Ozymandias?
The legs

The idea of power is used in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' to create an idea of the different forms it can take.

 

sunlight

 

 

The quotations below are all taken from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one quotation that you think is an example of paper being powerful.

 

"Paper that lets the light shine through"

"Paper thinned by age or touching"

"Fine slips from grocery shops"

Now, let's compare how the presentation of power is also used in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

Pile of stone

 

The quotations below are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think shows how a ruler can hold power.

 

"Traveller from an antique land"

"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone"

"Stand in the desert"

"Round the decay"

The idea of time is used in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' to describe how no matter how powerful something is, it will not last forever.

 

Broken clock

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think explains the theme of time.

 

"Well-used books"

"If buildings were paper"

"On which sepia date"

"Fine slips from grocery shops"

Now, let's compare how the idea of time is also used in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

alarm clock

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think supports the idea of time.

 

"Boundless and bare"

"Nothing beside remains"

"The heart that fed"

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' describe and people and their histories can be recorded on paper.

 

 

old picture

 

 

Read the following extract from 'Tissue' and underline any words that you think relate to the recording of an individual's history.

 

 

\"The height and weight, who died where and how, on which sepia date, pages smoothed and stroked and turned transparent with attention\"

Now, let's compare how the recording of history is also presented in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

Egyptian Pharaoh

 

Read the following extract from 'Ozymandias' and underline two words that you think show that 'Ozymandias' wanted his history to be recorded.

\"Its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamp\'d on these lifeless things\"

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' explore the idea that everything is fragile, no matter how powerful we think it is.

 

tower blocks

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'Tissue'. How does it explain how the buildings are fragile?

 

"If buildings were paper, I might
feel their drift, see how easily
they fall away on a sigh"

 

"Buildings last a lot longer than people"

"Buildings cause sadness"

"Even the strongest buildings can be destroyed"

Now, let's compare how the poem 'Ozymandias' also presents powerful things as being fragile.

 

 

Egypt desert sphinx

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'Ozymandias'. Choose one explanation which you think supports this quotation.

 

"Near them on the sand, half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies"

 

"The statue is so big that it still stands"

"Over time the sand has covered and destroyed the statue"

"The statue has broken into pieces"

  • Question 1

tissue

 

 

In order to identify the comparisons in 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias', we need to understand the meaning of both poems. Read the poem 'Tissue' and match the questions to the correct answers below:

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

How are images altered when you l...
They are blurry and unclear
Books are made from paper and pap...
They have the ability to contain ...
Why are some books "smoothed and ...
They are very important to people...
In what way is human life like ti...
It is fragile and can be easily b...
EDDIE SAYS
The poet uses tissue as an extended metaphor for life; tissue in all its meanings — paper, human skin and organs, plans for our future written on paper, maps printed on paper, buildings designed by architects on paper plans. The variations are many. Tissue can also refer to the makeup of the human body and we are all fragile just like tissue paper.
  • Question 2

Egypt Sphinx

 

Now read the poem 'Ozymandias' and match the questions to their answers below:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Who is the narrator of the poem?
A person who was told about the s...
Where does the statue stand?
In the desert
What state is the statue in?
It is broken and half covered by ...
What are the only parts of the st...
The legs
What type of a ruler was Ozymandi...
He was a cruel ruler who treat hi...
EDDIE SAYS
The poem Ozymandias is about the statue of a long-dead king who believed that he would be remembered forever and built a statue of himself. However, his statue has been left to rot in the sand, which shows that, as he wasn't respected by his people, he has been forgotten. A main point of the poem is that power does not last forever.
  • Question 3

The idea of power is used in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' to create an idea of the different forms it can take.

 

sunlight

 

 

The quotations below are all taken from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one quotation that you think is an example of paper being powerful.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Fine slips from grocery shops"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "Fine slips from grocery shops" is an example of how paper is powerful, as it represents money. The poet creates the idea that we put a lot of importance on money and the things that it can buy, even though it is printed on fragile paper.
  • Question 4

Now, let's compare how the presentation of power is also used in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

Pile of stone

 

The quotations below are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think shows how a ruler can hold power.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone" shows that Ozymandias had great power as he was able to build himself a 'vast' (meaning huge) statue. This would have taken a great deal of money to build so in a similar way to Tissue, it is telling us about the power of money.
  • Question 5

The idea of time is used in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' to describe how no matter how powerful something is, it will not last forever.

 

Broken clock

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think explains the theme of time.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"On which sepia date"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation 'on which sepia date' is a reference to how important paper can be when it records family history and is handed down through generations. The word 'sepia' means faded or yellowed with age, which creates this suggestion of something precious being handed down.
  • Question 6

Now, let's compare how the idea of time is also used in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

alarm clock

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think supports the idea of time.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Nothing beside remains"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "nothing beside remains" creates the idea of time in the poem, as it is a reference to the power that time can have on objects that were thought to be powerful. For example, 'Ozymandias' thought that people would look at his statue forever, whereas it is now a broken wreck!
  • Question 7

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' describe and people and their histories can be recorded on paper.

 

 

old picture

 

 

Read the following extract from 'Tissue' and underline any words that you think relate to the recording of an individual's history.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"The height and weight, who
died where and how, on which sepia date,
pages smoothed and stroked and turned
transparent with attention"
EDDIE SAYS
The poet makes the point that paper has been used to record the history of a family for many years - what could be more powerful than that! In the past, people would record the births and deaths of family members in the back of the family bible.
  • Question 8

Now, let's compare how the recording of history is also presented in the poem 'Ozymandias'.

 

Egyptian Pharaoh

 

Read the following extract from 'Ozymandias' and underline two words that you think show that 'Ozymandias' wanted his history to be recorded.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things"
EDDIE SAYS
This quotation explains how Ozymandias employed a talented "sculptor" to record his image, which he wanted "stamp'd" in stone. This was before the time of photographs and Ozymandias wanted to make sure that people would be able to be impressed by his image long after he was gone!
  • Question 9

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' explore the idea that everything is fragile, no matter how powerful we think it is.

 

tower blocks

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'Tissue'. How does it explain how the buildings are fragile?

 

"If buildings were paper, I might
feel their drift, see how easily
they fall away on a sigh"

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Even the strongest buildings can be destroyed"
EDDIE SAYS
This quotation shows that even things as strong as buildings are fragile. Although they are stronger than us, they can still 'fall away' and are not as powerful as nature. The poet uses the word 'easily' to emphasise how fragile buildings are.
  • Question 10

Now, let's compare how the poem 'Ozymandias' also presents powerful things as being fragile.

 

 

Egypt desert sphinx

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'Ozymandias'. Choose one explanation which you think supports this quotation.

 

"Near them on the sand, half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies"

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Over time the sand has covered and destroyed the statue"
EDDIE SAYS
This quotation describes how the statue, which 'Ozymandias' thought would last forever, is now 'sunk' in the sand and 'shatter'd'. The idea emphasises that humans cannot create anything that will last forever, everything is fragile. The power of nature and time will always be greater.
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