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A Comparison of London by William Blake and Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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A Comparison of "London" by William Blake and "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley Essay By Ozhan O'Sullivan This essay compares two poems, "London" by William Blake, and "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Both writers were very romantic, heavily influenced by the revolutionary ideas and rapidly changing social and political values of the late 18th and early 19th century. Similarities Themes A theme of Mortality lives in both poems. In "London" Blake talks about the death and suffering of people, and in "Ozymandias" Shelley talks about the death of a civilisation. A sense of someone dominating, someone with greater power occurs in both poems. In "London" the rich have this upper hand against the poor, in "Ozymandias" this great leader is said to have this strength over his enemies and his own people. ...read more.

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Moods The two poems, both give a feeling of depression and melancholy to the reader. Shelley uses different words to create this effect, while Blake writes how everyone is sad and weak. Great arrogance is shown in both poems. In "Ozymandias" the king shows that he is arrogant, he describes himself on the pedestal, he talks about how great and powerful ruler he is. In "London" the arrogance of the church compares to this. In "London" the rich betray the poor, because they have put their name on everything. In "Ozymandias" the sculptor betrays the king when the statue is being made. Styles Both poems have phonological techniques like alliteration, rhyme and onomatopoeia. ...read more.

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The strength of authority is maintained in "London" while in "Ozymandias" it has dissipated. Moods "Ozymandias" fills you with mystery about where the traveller came from, and what happened to Ozymandias's great civilisation, while in "London" Blake makes the poem mundane and bleak. "Ozymandias" is a very optimistic poem; Shelley writes about how great the leader is, while in "London" Blake expresses the city as a place of unhappiness, he does not write about any good things about London, only bad, the poem is left pessimistic. Styles Shelley writes "Ozymandias" in an archaic language, while Blake's "London" is more modern. Shelley's "Ozymandias" is a sonnet, while "London" uses repeating stanzas that help to keep the rhythm, and to separate the different points made. 1 ...read more.

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