EL5221 Discussion Session 4

The Linguistic Analysis of Poetry & Song Lyrics

Discussion date: 5th September 2006

Do an analysis of the sounds of the following verses. The first is a poem by Shelley. The second is a popular song which will be added in due course.

Relevant handouts: nos. 4 & 5.


I MET a Traveller from an antique land,
Who said, "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is OZYMANDIAS, King of Kings."
Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

                    By Percy Bysshe Shelley

There are some notes available on the Internet on the above poem: Representative Poetry Online, PotW.org, National Library of Australia, The Wondering Minstrels; for those of you interested in how the poem can be used for second language teaching including how the poem is read by a native speaker, there are some suggestions and exercises from the British Council

(To Be Added)


Corresponding undergraduate (EL3221) tutorial sheets: fourth and fifth.

Last revised: 10 August 2006.