The three poems "Elergy Written In a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray, "Ozymandias" by P.B.Shelly and "The City of Orange Trees" by Dick Davis certainly contain a number of differences and similarities in the types of techniques used in getting their messages and themes across to the readers. The types of techniques used include imagery, diction, rhyme, form and literary devices as to further shape and emphasise the themes and messages in each poem.
All three poems incorporate a key and deep message to them. These messages try to teach readers a lesson and be able to make an impact on their lives. As in the poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" Gray makes readers to be aware of the fact that life is short and transitory. "The paths of glory lead but to the grave". More importantly he points out the people living in poverty or other handicaps were talented people that never receive the opportunities they deserved.
"Full many a gem of purest ray serene, The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air". Through this metaphor it is clear the gem at the bottom of the ocean may represent an undiscovered musician, poet, scientist or philosopher. The flower may likewise stand for a person of great and noble qualities that are "wasted on the desert air."
As in the poem "Ozymandias" Shelley warns that all human power shall be obliterated in time and all the arrogance that such power generates in those who holds it would be badly misplaced. In the poem Ozymandias was classed as Rameses II as that was his Greek name at which he was called by. On the pedestal which Ozymandias had the sculptor carve...