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Apply Your Understanding of Language Techniques to both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and Analyse their Effect.

In this worksheet, students will identify the language techniques used in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and explain their effect on the reader.

'Apply Your Understanding of Language Techniques to both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and Analyse their Effect.' 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 language techniques used in both 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?
The legs
What state is the statue in?
A person who was told about the statue by a travel...
What are the only parts of the statue left standin...
He was a cruel ruler who treat his people badly an...
What type of a ruler was Ozymandias?
In the desert

Let's recap your knowledge of language devices so that we know what we are looking for in the poems.

 

 

writing

 

 

 

Match the language device to the definition.

Column A

Column B

Alliteration
Words beginning with the same letter sounds
Simile
Comparing two or more objects with the words LIKE ...
Onomatopoeia
Two words placed together with different meanings ...
Metaphor
Describing an inanimate object or animal with huma...
Personification
Direct comparison of two things without using the ...
Oxymoron
Words which sound like the effect they describe

Both poems use juxtaposition to compare imagery.

 

handwriting

 

Juxtaposition =  two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

 

The quotations below are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one quotation which you think is an example of juxtaposition.

 

"An architect could use all this"

"The back of the Koran, where a hand has written in the names and histories"

"Find a way to trace a grand design"

'Ozymandias' also uses juxtaposition to describe the contrast between the king's power and the broken statue. 

 

 

 

Pyramids in desert

 

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one that you think is an example of juxtaposition.

 

"My name is Ozymandias"

"Of that colossal wreck"

"The lone and level sands stretch far away"

"The hand that mock'd them "

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use metaphor to describe the effect of power.

 

Metaphor = Direct comparison of two things

 

broken stone

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think is an example of a metaphor.

 

"How easily they fall away on a sigh"

"If buildings were paper, I might feel their drift"

"A shift in the direction of the wind"

'Ozymandias' also uses a metaphor to describe the size of the ego of Ozymandias.

 

Ego = your conscious mind, the part of your identity that you consider your 'self'.

 

statue

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of a metaphor.

 

"Nothing beside remains"

"That colossal wreck"

"Boundless and bare"

Both poems use personification to describe the power that some objects have.

 

 

wooden shape blocks

 

 

The following quotations are all from 'Tissue'. Choose one which you think is an example of personification.

 

"Of paper smoothed and stroked"

"In the direction of the wind"

"The sun shines through"

"The shapes that pride can make"

The poem 'Ozymandias' also uses personification to show how the statue is an example of human pride.
 
 
Egyptian symbol
 
 
 
The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of personification.

 

"The hand that mocked them"

"Nothing beside remains"

"Whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command"

 

The following quotation is an example of a simile. What does this quotation tell the reader about money?

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

 

 

kite

 

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.​

 

  • 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

Let's recap your knowledge of language devices so that we know what we are looking for in the poems.

 

 

writing

 

 

 

Match the language device to the definition.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Alliteration
Words beginning with the same let...
Simile
Comparing two or more objects wit...
Onomatopoeia
Words which sound like the effect...
Metaphor
Direct comparison of two things w...
Personification
Describing an inanimate object or...
Oxymoron
Two words placed together with di...
EDDIE SAYS
Well done if you managed to match them all! Language devices are a great way for poets to create imagery and tone. They also get you more marks in the exam, if you can identify them! Remember to always look out for language devices and try to use them when you are analysing a quotation.
  • Question 4

Both poems use juxtaposition to compare imagery.

 

handwriting

 

Juxtaposition =  two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

 

The quotations below are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one quotation which you think is an example of juxtaposition.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"The back of the Koran, where a hand has written in the names and histories"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "the back of the Koran, where a hand has written in the names and histories" is an example of juxtaposition as it compares a book, which has been produced by a machine, with the idea of handwriting a list of family members. This creates a contrast between something industrial and something individual and affectionate.
  • Question 5

'Ozymandias' also uses juxtaposition to describe the contrast between the king's power and the broken statue. 

 

 

 

Pyramids in desert

 

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one that you think is an example of juxtaposition.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"The lone and level sands stretch far away"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "The lone and level sands stretch far away" is an example of juxtaposition because it describes how the sands are powerful, they last forever, compared to the power and ego of the statue. The two images are in contrast with each other.
  • Question 6

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use metaphor to describe the effect of power.

 

Metaphor = Direct comparison of two things

 

broken stone

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Choose one that you think is an example of a metaphor.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"If buildings were paper, I might feel their drift"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "if buildings were paper, I might feel their drift" is an example of a metaphor as it compares how a paper structure would 'drift' but also the word 'drift' is used to explain an understanding of something or what a person stands for e.g 'catch my drift'.
  • Question 7

'Ozymandias' also uses a metaphor to describe the size of the ego of Ozymandias.

 

Ego = your conscious mind, the part of your identity that you consider your 'self'.

 

statue

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of a metaphor.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"That colossal wreck"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "That colossal wreck" is an example of a metaphor as the poet is comparing the huge, broken statue to the large ego of Ozymandias. The power and ego of Ozymandias is also a wreck because, long after his death, he is not remembered or admired by people.
  • Question 8

Both poems use personification to describe the power that some objects have.

 

 

wooden shape blocks

 

 

The following quotations are all from 'Tissue'. Choose one which you think is an example of personification.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"The shapes that pride can make"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "the shapes that pride can make" is an example of personification as shapes are given a human characteristic - that of pride. This quotation describes how the huge buildings that are made are often just an example of people who want to show how powerful they are.
  • Question 9
The poem 'Ozymandias' also uses personification to show how the statue is an example of human pride.
 
 
Egyptian symbol
 
 
 
The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of personification.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "whose frown, and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command" is an example of personification as the poet is explaining that even though this is a stone statue, the face of the statue looked upon the traveller with all the hatred of the king, as though the statue were alive!
  • Question 10

 

The following quotation is an example of a simile. What does this quotation tell the reader about money?

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

 

 

kite

 

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.​

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: The poet creates the impression that money has become too important to society and that lives revolve around material possessions. She uses the simile "might fly our lives like paper kites" to explain how adults could find happiness in more simple pleasures such as kite flying. Acts that do not cost a lot of money. She is also referring to the innocence of children before they become associated with the idea of money.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that a student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation.

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