…Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies… Who is speaking these lines? What does the speaker of these lines speak about? Explain the meaning of ‘trunkless legs of stone’? Explain the meaning of ‘shattered visage’? Explain . . .
In these lines "Mock'd" can have two meanings. The first meaning is usual meaning - "made fun of". the other interpretation is "copied," or "imitated." "Hand" is a used for the sculptor. So the sculptor both made fun of and copied the passions of the subject of the statue. " . . .
The poet begins abruptly. A chance meeting between the speaker and a traveler who comes from an "antique land" is described. This traveler could be a native of this "antique" land, or he could be just a tourist returning from a trip to the "antique land". "Antique" means something really old. He is pro . . .
In these lines the traveler is giving a full description of the "shatter'd visage" that is lying half-buried in the sand. This "visage" isn't completely "shatter'd" because the poet says that a "frown," a "wrinkled lip," and a "sneer" can be still seen. It also . . .
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things, The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed What does the speaker of these lines say ‘yet survive’? What are the lifeless things that the speaker refers to? What are ‘stamp'd on these lifeless things’? Why do the ‘passions’ still &lsquo . . .