"Explore How Poets Create Pictures Of, And Lead Us To Wonder About, The Past."

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I am going to compare 'The Listeners' by Walter de la Mare, and 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with some pieces from other poems I have studied.'Ozymandias' is about a mean and power hungry pharaoh who ruled Egypt centuries ago. Now all that remains is a statue in the middle of a desolate wasteland.'The Listeners' is like a chapter from the middle of a book. In the poem a man, the Traveller, rides up to an old, seemingly abandoned house in the middle of a forest. He knocks on the door. The Listeners are there but no-one answers. The Traveller says something to the house, but you get the feeling that some unknown comprehension passed between the Traveller and the Listeners.'Ozymandias' makes you think that there was a great city around the statue when it was first built. Shelley gives you this impression by making Ozymandias boast about his kingdom. "Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!" This is basically saying to God, that Ozymandias thinks he has a better kingdom and is more powerful than God. Shelley also says that "nothing beside remains". All that is left of Ozymandias now, is a statue whose "shattered visage" lies in the sand, alone and forgotten. The poem suggests that the statue is only a faint rumour as the author heard about it through a "traveller from an antique land". This is similar to 'the Listeners' because the Traveller rides to a house, which is "leaf-fringed" "lone," "empty," "echoing," and "shadowy". These words suggest that the house is uncared for and hasn't been lived in for a long time.Walter de la Mare makes the reader wonder about the past by not telling the audience things like: Are the phantoms related to the Traveller? What was the promise the Traveller made to come back? Why did he leave in the first place? Why are the phantoms in the house? The poem also starts very abruptly with dialogue and a question. This, and the lack of information about the Traveller and the Listeners, makes the reader feel that they've missed something, as if the poem is a film that they've accidentally walked into the middle of. However, the poem is so good that it engages the reader and makes them want to read more.'The Listeners' and 'Ozymandias' tend to make you wonder about the past, whereas a poem like 'Into My Heart...' gives the reader a strong image of past memories. The author, A. E. Housman, uses words like "land of lost content," "happy highways," and "blue remembered hills," to produce happy images. However, words like "remembered," "where I went and cannot come again" tell the audience that the images are from the past.Thomas Hood, who wrote 'I Remember, I Remember,' also gives strong images of the past. He describes in great detail the flowers in the garden to bring colour and life to the audience's image of his past. "Roses, red and white," "violets," "lily-cups," "lilacs," "flowers made of light!" Although on the surface these appear to be happy memories, Hood describes in particular an laburnum tree that...

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