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Shelley shows Ozymandias to have been a man who thought that he was indestructible, which also suggests the size of his eggo was enormous.

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Introduction

English Coursework Shelley shows Ozymandias to have been a man who thought that he was indestructible, which also suggests the size of his eggo was enormous. The statue of Ozymandias is crumbling and has eroded away over time just like Ozymandias has, which shows he is not indestructible. Shelley shows Ozymandias as someone who fought he would be there forever just like his statue. The statue is also made out of stone, which suggests he was cold just like the statue. The statue has a frown, which shows Ozymandias was not someone who wanted to mess around. The wrinkled lip of the statue that Shelley has intentionally put on shows that Ozymandias was trying to be hard, but it could also suggest a twist in Ozymandias's character. Shelley shows all of this by putting expressions onto the statues face and by showing the size and state of the statue and how Ozymandias is positioned on it. Examples of this are the statues wrinkled lip which suggest Ozymandias was trying to be hard and had a twist in his character, his 'frown' which shows he used his hand to throw orders around and push people about, or the heart that fed which shows he used people to feel powerful. ...read more.

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But later on in the poem Hopkins describes Randal as a sort of child, who complained and cursed at first but later was tendered by a reprieve and ransom, and who had been comforted by the priest and who's tears had been quenched. Hopkins shows this by alliteration examples of this are big-boned and hardy-handsome. Also Hopkins very cleverly uses words to sound like the hammering of a blacksmith's hammer as he forges a horse show, examples of this are 'grim forge' and great grey drayhorse. Hopkins shows how strong Felix Randal is by telling you in the poem hat it takes four fatal diseases just to kill him and not just one fatal disease like a normal man. Hopkins also changes the tone and pace of the second stanza, which I think gives the impression of Felix Randal's heart pumping faster as the diseases that plagued him began to make it harder for this heart to pump blood around his body. I think Felix Randal is the character I like best because Ozymandias is a person who only thinks of himself and he is a dictator who is commanding, cold and thinks he is bigger than the earth, he also thinks he will last forever which he clearly does not which I think is just what he deserves. ...read more.

Conclusion

I prefer Felix Randal to Ozyamandias because among other things I think Felix Randal is a much better person and he is able to accept things much better because I think if Ozymandias could see what had happened to his city and statue he could not accept it. I think 'Felix Randal' is the better poem because its writer Gerard Manley Hopkins is very smart in the way he writes his poems he uses a lot of different techniques in this work like alliteration, changing the tone and pace in the different stanza's into his poems like you would find in the place in the poem. E.g. 'grim forge' and great grey drayhorse sound like a hammer beating a horseshoe into shape. Hopkins also uses words from the time the poem was written about examples of this are 'when thou' didst fettle' and 'thy tears'. Although Shelley does use some good techniques e.g. by making the words on some of the ends of the sentences in the poem rhyme which is very simple but effective. But overall I think 'Felix Randal' is the better poem because the techniques used in it are a lot more interesting and harder to use. ...read more.

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