How Does Charles Dickens Critics the Victorian Education System

Topics: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias, Mary Shelley Pages: 2 (724 words) Published: November 3, 2008
“Times change but concerns and worries do not” discuss this statement with reference to the poems studied. In this essay i will be writing about the poems ‘ozymandias’ by Percy Shelley, ‘I remember, I remember’ by Thomas Hood, ‘The darkling thrush’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘To the virgins, make much of time’ by Robert Herrick. I will be writing about how the poems address the subjects of time and change and the worries and concerns of the people and how the poets show their opinions though their peoms. In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem ‘ozymandias’ he writes about an Egyptian pharaoh, ozymandias also known as ramseses 2nd, that wanted him name and his power over men to live on forever. “My name is ozymandias, King of kings; Look on my works, ye mighty and despair” This quotation shows ozymandias was an arrogant man. ‘king of kings’ he sees himself as the most important powerful king to have ever ruled over any country. Another quote that proves his arrogance is ‘Look upon my work, ye mighty and despair’ he threatens us with all the achievements that have been accomplished whichcould include anything from the building of new pyramids or temples, to wars won. “nothing remains round the decay” ‘nothing remains’ nothing remains applies to all aspects of the time ozymandias came from, nothing remains of ozymandais life and legacy, nothing remains of his statue, nothing remains of his life, nothing can remain around his statue in the middle of a desert. This is also proved by the “round the decay” part of the quote. Ozymandias thought he was all powerful and forcefull but nature and time are always more powerful and destroyed his land and statue and caused his legacy to be forgotten showing how times changed. In Thomas hoods poem “I remember, I remember” hefollows the same theme but shows a different side of how time can change lives. In this poem Hood is mourning over his lost childhood and the memories he has and how he realises that he hasn’t got very long to live....
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