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Evaluate and Compare the Writer's Ideas in Both 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker and 'Ozymandias' by Percy Shelley.

In this worksheet, students will compare the ideas expressed in both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' and evaluate their effectiveness.

'Evaluate and Compare the Writer's Ideas in Both 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker and 'Ozymandias' by Percy Shelley.' 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 and evaluate the ideas expressed in both poems.

 

tissue

 

In order to identify and compare the ideas 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 are blurry and unclear
Books are made from paper and paper is fragile; ye...
They have the ability to contain information that ...
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?
In the desert
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...
A person who was told about the statue by a travel...
What type of a ruler was Ozymandias?
The legs

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' highlight power. That is, the effects it can have on people and how power can last.

 

The author of 'Tissue' has used an extended metaphor to highlight how different forms of power can be.

 

Extended metaphor = a comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout the lines of a poem.

 

handwriting

 

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Which ones relate to paper, and which ones do not?

 

 Words associated with paperWords NOT associated with paper
Fine slips
Born to
Luminous Scripts
Alter things

 The author of 'Ozymandias' also shows how power can cause arrogance, with the use of repetition.

 

Repetition = a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer and more memorable.

 

 

 

Pyramids in desert

 

 

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

 

"My name is Ozymandias"

"Of that colossal wreck"

"King of kings"

"The hand that mock'd them "

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use structural techniques to reveal how changeable power and influence can be over time.

 

Read the following quotation from 'Tissue' where the poet comments on time:

 

"See how easily /
they fall away on a sigh"

 

broken stone

 

What structural technique is the poet using here?

 

Short sentences

Enjambement

Caesura

'Ozymandias' also uses a structural technique called Caesura to reveal how power can change over time.

 

Caesura  = a pause near the middle of a line.

 

 

 

statue

 

 

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

 

"The lone and level sands"

"Nothing beside remains"

"Boundless and bare"

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use language techniques to show the lack of control we have over the power of time.

 

In the poem 'Tissue' it says:

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

 

kite

 

 

What language technique has the poet used here?

 

Personification

Onomatopoeia

Metaphor

Simile

The poem 'Ozymandias' also uses a language technique to show the lack of control we have over the power of time. This time the technique used is Alliteration.
 
Alliteration =  the same letter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words.
 
 
 
Egyptian symbol
 
 
 
The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of alliteration.

 

"The hand that mocked them"

"Nothing beside remains"

"Boundless and bare"

Read the following quotations from 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias'. Can you compare how they both use a metaphor to describe power?

 

"Fine slips from grocery shops"

 

"Colossal wreck"

 

recieptbroken stone

 

 

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

 

Read the following quotations from 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias'. Can you compare how they both use language to show the lack of control we have over the power of time?

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

"Boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away"

 

kitedesert

 

 

In this part of the exam, you will be asked to write a comparison of two poems from the Power and Conflict cluster. For this question, you will have to write your own answer using the PEE format - Make a POINT, give an EXAMPLE, EXPLAIN with deeper detail.

  • Question 1

tissue

 

In order to identify and compare the ideas 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 had been forgotten. The main point the poem makes is that power does not last forever.
  • Question 3

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' highlight power. That is, the effects it can have on people and how power can last.

 

The author of 'Tissue' has used an extended metaphor to highlight how different forms of power can be.

 

Extended metaphor = a comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout the lines of a poem.

 

handwriting

 

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'Tissue'. Which ones relate to paper, and which ones do not?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Words associated with paperWords NOT associated with paper
Fine slips
Born to
Luminous Scripts
Alter things
EDDIE SAYS
In the poem, paper acts as a metaphor for life and the way we live it. The poet suggests paper can be fragile yet so enormously powerful when used to convey information. Words such as 'fine slips' and 'luminous scripts' are examples of the power that paper can hold.
  • Question 4

 The author of 'Ozymandias' also shows how power can cause arrogance, with the use of repetition.

 

Repetition = a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer and more memorable.

 

 

 

Pyramids in desert

 

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"King of kings"
EDDIE SAYS
The repetition of ‘kings’ shows how arrogant Ozymandias was, yet when compared to the crumbling ruins of his statue, the poet undermines him and shows that he did not last forever as he thought he would.
  • Question 5

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use structural techniques to reveal how changeable power and influence can be over time.

 

Read the following quotation from 'Tissue' where the poet comments on time:

 

"See how easily /
they fall away on a sigh"

 

broken stone

 

What structural technique is the poet using here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Enjambement
EDDIE SAYS
This is an example of enjambment and shows how time never stops and that it is impossible to properly keep track of things. The poet suggests that paper is perhaps our best way of living on permanently. The fast pace could also create the effect of showing how difficult it is to keep track and organise our lives.
  • Question 6

'Ozymandias' also uses a structural technique called Caesura to reveal how power can change over time.

 

Caesura  = a pause near the middle of a line.

 

 

 

statue

 

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Nothing beside remains"
EDDIE SAYS
The caesura highlights to the reader how Ozymandias is no longer known and feared, despite his arrogance. The clear and blunt language perhaps also reveals how the narrator is unsympathetic towards the now long-gone ruler.
  • Question 7

Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use language techniques to show the lack of control we have over the power of time.

 

In the poem 'Tissue' it says:

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

 

kite

 

 

What language technique has the poet used here?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Simile
EDDIE SAYS
This is a simile, which suggests that our lives are not always in our control, but more like kites being blown by the wind. Connotations include a lack of control, but could be seen as a happy or childlike image.
  • Question 8
The poem 'Ozymandias' also uses a language technique to show the lack of control we have over the power of time. This time the technique used is Alliteration.
 
Alliteration =  the same letter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words.
 
 
 
Egyptian symbol
 
 
 
The following quotations are all from the poem 'Ozymandias'. Choose one which you think is an example of alliteration.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Boundless and bare"
EDDIE SAYS
"Boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away". Alliteration is used three times in this quote, drawing attention to the words that show the ruin and destruction of time, and how even the mightiest of civilisations will eventually be forgotten and decay into dust.
  • Question 9

Read the following quotations from 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias'. Can you compare how they both use a metaphor to describe power?

 

"Fine slips from grocery shops"

 

"Colossal wreck"

 

recieptbroken stone

 

 

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: Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' compare how too much power is often given to the wrong person or thing. In 'Tissue' the poet uses a metaphor to describe 'fine slips from grocery shops', comparing power to 'fine slips' creates the impression that money has too much power over people. Similarly, in 'Ozymandias', the poet uses a metaphor, "colossal wreck", to explain how it is not just the statue that is a 'wreck' but the personality of a king who became obsessed with the idea of power.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one comparison point (AQA recommends that the student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 10.
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 which link both poems together.
The paragraph should include quotations, language techniques and some evaluation.

  • Question 10

Read the following quotations from 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias'. Can you compare how they both use language to show the lack of control we have over the power of time?

 

"Might fly our lives like paper kites"

 

"Boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away"

 

kitedesert

 

 

In this part of the exam, you will be asked to write a comparison of two poems from the Power and Conflict cluster. For this question, you will have to write your own answer using the PEE format - Make a POINT, give an EXAMPLE, EXPLAIN with deeper detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: Both 'Tissue' and 'Ozymandias' use language techniques to show the lack of control we have over the power of time. In 'Tissue' the narrator uses the simile "might fly our lives like paper kites" to show that we have as much control over time as we have over a kite flying in the sky. Similarly, in 'Ozymandias', the poet used alliteration to explain how the desert is "boundless and bare" to show that no matter how great the statue was, it did not match when faced with nature and time. Great focus, you've completed another activity!

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one comparison point (AQA recommends that the student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 10.
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 which links both poems together.
The paragraph should include quotations, language techniques and some evaluation

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