Throughout this past week, we looked at two different poems. Those poems were "Sonnet 146 (Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth)", by William Shakespeare, and "Ozymandias", by Percy Bysshe Shelley. We looked at how these two poems were similar and different from eachother in what they were saying about death and legacies.
"Sonnet 146" was basically saying, why waste time on earthly things when none of that matters? The author was also talking about how our bodies will die, but not our souls. In that case we should stop trying to improve on our things, but instead we should try to improve ourselves.
"Ozymandias" was talking about how even though something may be a big deal on earth at one time, eventually that importance will die out and never again will that thing be important. The author used a broken statue to describe something that was once powerful, but means nothing anymore.
Both of these poems have a theme of impermanance. So that was basically the theme we discussed in class this past week. We talked about nothing lasts forever. In "Ozymandias", the question of "What does the title of the poem add to message of impermanence that the speaker describes?". We talked about how know one knew the name of Ozymandias, and therefore, nobody cared. That showed how nothing lasts forever.
This week we also had a fourty minute essay to write about these two poems. It was easy to compare the two pieces of writing, since they were quite similar in the way that they were practically saying the same thing. However, it was a little more on the challenging side to complete the essay within that time.