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ozymandis

THEMES;

Power of nature - power of time - power of humans - arrogance - negative emotions - pride

WORDS/QUOTES WHICH SHOW THIS;

  • 'kings of kings' - arrogance best of the best
  • 'sneer og cold comman' - arrogance looking down on people 
  • 'look on my works ye mighty and despair' - imperetive 
  • 'i met' - the narrator had to learn of Ozymandias 

RHYME SCHEME; 

Starts strong ABAB but as the poem continues the pattern deteriates - represents Ozymandias's power, reputation and that his rules are decaying and becoming weaker 

STRUCTURE ; 

14 lines - Sonnet (love poem) - only thing hes in love with is himself 

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London

THEMES;

power of humans - loss and absence - negative emotions - anger - indivdual experiences 

WORDS/QUOTES WHICH SHOW THESE;

  • 'infant's cry of fear' - the speaker has heard distressing noises, vivid hellish experience
  • 'mark in every face i meet' - could suggest everyone is affected
  • 'youthful harlot's curse' - could be that the prostitutes are a curse on London
  • 'each chartered street' - suggests whole city is effected
  • 'blackening church' - angry at forms of power black is very negative
  • 'chimney sweeper's' - emotive imagery 
  • 'blasts the new-born infants tear - loss of inocence as soon as born 
  • 'every...every...every' - repetition shows bleakness and suggets it affects everyone 
  • 'runs in blood down palace walls' - anger at forms of power suggests ordinary people suffer 
  • 'chartered tymes' - even powerful natural features are controlled by humans 
  • 'wander' suggests the narrator feels as they have no purpuse to make a change 
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The Prelude

THEMES

power of nature - memory - negative emotions - fear - individual experiences 

WORDS/QUOTES THAT SHOW THIS; 

  • 'led by her' - nature is personified 
  • 'troubled pleaure' - oxymoron hints narrators guilt 
  • 'i struck and struck again... still in stature...shape - repetition of sibilance creates sinister mood 
  • 'upreared its head' - the mountain is personified 
  • 'like a swan' - natursl simile shows the narrator is confident and in control
  • 'glittering' + ' sparkling light' - light imagery 

STRUCTURE

iambic pentameter (mimics natural speech)

enjambment - creates a story atmosphere 

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My Last Duchess

THEMES; power of humans - memory - negative emotions - pride - identity 

WORDS/QUOTES WHICH SHOW THIS;

  • 'if they durst' - suggets people were scared of his temper 
  • 'i gave commands' - imperetive, suggets his wifes murder
  • ''none puts by the curtain i have drawn for you but i' - he can control who sees his wife 
  • 'disgusts' - bothered about his wifes behaviour 
  • 'too soon made glad' - duke meant this as criticism 
  • 'dies' + 'throat' -  reference to death out of place hints at duchess's fate 
  • 'that spot' - repetition shows that his wifes blushes bothered him 
  • 'i choose never to stoop' looks down on his wife, she is beneath him
  • 'notice neptune, though taming a sea-horse, throught a rarity - 'returns back to his wealth 

STRUCTURE/FORM enjambment - used to match natural speech / dramatic monologue - arrogant selfish needs to be in control 

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