• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Poetry Analysis - Comparing Ozymandias to Khubla Khan

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparing 'Ozymandias' by Shelley and 'Kubla Khan' by Coleridge. Both poems describe rulers although it is easy to distinguish that their reigns were contrasting in method, and severity. Some suggestions of their differences are portrayed in appearance. Ozymandias bears a 'sneer of cold command' hinting that his chief concerns involved ordering his inferiors, and seizing power. A 'frown' and 'wrinkled lip' give the impression of a cruel and despised dictator, and reveal his age. So in a way, Ozymandias lives on in his statue and has become 'ancient' with the civilisation. Kubla however is not extensively described, possibly suggesting that his physical existence was unimportant -as unlike the self-centred depiction of Ozymandias - Khubla lived through his wonderful creations rather than his personal greatness. ...read more.

Middle

My view is that a connection is being made between the force of creation that both the ruler, the poet and nature all share. Kubla seems intertwined with growth and prosperity, as shown by the 'incense-bearing trees' and 'sunny spots of greenery' implying life and happiness. Conversely, 'Ozymandias' appears to attempt a rivalry with nature, maybe even Gods. He emphasises his greatness with pomp and show - boasting about his empire 'look on my words ye mighty and despair'. This is ironic, because with the gift of hindsight the reader knows that his domain has diminished and collapsed just as his statue has. A point can be read that all things, no matter how powerful, are not permanent. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is more activity in Kubla's land with flowing water representing existence - so Ozymondias's 'lone and level sands' could symbolise extinction, and perhaps nothingness, as is signified by Ozymondias himself and his 'works'. In my opinion, this theme of expansion and success 'Kubla Khan' epitomises the British empire of the time period, which Coleridge may have been symbolising. The lack of vivacity in 'Ozymandias' might be an interpretation of the future of that same empire to be made obsolete or destroyed. To conclude, 'Ozymandias' shows the arrogance and transience of power, the permanence of both art and truth, and the contradictory relationship between artist and subject. 'Kubla Khan' reflects, though darkly, Coleridge's view of poetry, a paradise, and the heights and depths of his own spiritual being - determining the future of civilisations of today. Christopher Lawrence 10S English Coursework Essay ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Comparisons section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Comparisons essays

  1. The Portrayal of Women in Pre 1914 Poetry

    The Lord in Cousin Kate was a man of power and position but as the girl in Cousin Kate mentions how she was violated. She also mentions how the Lord used her and how easy it was for him to manipulate her.

  2. Still I rise and Mid Term Break Analysis

    She also wants to emphasize the fact that she is not faltering from the pain and suffrage she and her ancestors have experienced, but she will continue to rise. Mid term break The poem is about the death of Heaney's infant brother (Christopher)

  1. Pre 1900 poetry; Comparison of Ozymandias and Song

    The inscription upon the statue is also ironic for the words are egotistical but are on a ruined statue which will no longer make other rulers afraid but just laugh. In Song however, there is a complete contrasting view on death.

  2. Sonnet Essay

    He continues to express unattractive comments, like the word "dun", her complexion is dull and boring. He then insults her by saying she has "black wires grow on her head".

  1. Pre-1914 poetry analysis

    On the night the man made his first wish in 'The Monkeys Paw', he saw a painful grotesque face in the fire. The man form Maw and Meggins comes to tell their family their son has had a accident, but he only implies that the son is dead as he

  2. Pre 20th Century Poetry Coursework

    The poet calls his lover 'cruel and sudden' because he has 'purpled thy nail in blood of innocence' and killed the flea. His lover says 'find'st not thyself nor me the weaker now', neither of them are have lost honour by killing the flea.

  1. Poems Coursework

    ' I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow' the word 'chartered ' is used in this context, with the definition of a commercial leasing contract, that granted rights to a corporation; this is his way of expressing that the whole of London is owned

  2. Comparing and Contrasting Cynddylan and Lore

    message of the two poems, that abandoning traditional farming and embracing mechanical farming, separates you from nature, like Cynddylan. Another aspect of the two poems I will be contrasting will be how Cynddylan has been completely separated from nature and has become 'part' of the machine.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work