Literature
 Percy Shelley – To Wordsworth Ozymandius John Keats – Ode on a Grecian Urn

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Number your answers and write a literary analysis for two of the following: “To Wordsworth”: In this poem, Percy Shelley is writing directly to William Wordsworth. He describes poignantly that Wordsworth “hast wept to know / That things depart which never may return.” He seems to empathize, writing that “These common woes I feel.” But Shelley continues, “One loss is mine / Which thou too feel’st, yet I alone deplore.” Write a 300-400 word literary analysis. In your analysis: Look specifically at Percy Shelley’s and William Wordsworth’s biographies and explain the “loss” Shelley might be referring to in “To Wordsworth.” Explain the metaphors that Shelley uses for how he used to view Wordsworth—“a lone star” and a “rock-built refuge.” Identify and explain any hints of why Shelley doesn’t see him that way anymore. Support each part of your literary analysis with MLA cited examples/quotes from each text. “Ozymandius”: “Ozymandius” is a poem that describes the remains of a statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (or Ozymandius, in Greek). The inscription on the base of the statute clearly references how powerful Ramses II was (“Look on my works ye mighty and despair!”). Write a 300-400 word literary analysis. In your analysis: Explain whether Shelley is admiring Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II (or Ozymandius, in Greek). Justify your rationale. Explain what Shelley thinks about Ramses II. Justify your rationale. Support your answer with information from his biography of Shelley’s perspective on power. Mention the impression you are left with from Shelley’s descriptions of the environment that surrounds the statue. Support each part of your literary analysis with MLA cited examples/quotes from each text. “Ode on a Grecian Urn”: Like some other works of the Romantic Period (such as Percy Shelley’s Ozymandius), imagination is at the core of Ode on a Grecian Urn, because the urn Keats is describing does not really exist. However, the details are so specific that he addresses each particular scene differently (a young musician playing music under a tree, two young lovers chasing each o ther playfully in the woods, and a priest and townsfolk leading a cow to sacrifice). Write a 300-400 word literary analysis. In your analysis: Explain how the narrator fixates on the same theme(s) (timelessness, or being frozen in time) in each of the scenes. Explain how Keats’ biography may reveal the reason for such an interest. Support each part of your literary analysis with MLA cited examples/quotes from each text.

Percy Shelley – To Wordsworth Ozymandius John Keats – Ode on a Grecian Urn