You can discover a lot about a poem by comparing it to one by another author that deals with a similar subject. You could compare features such as theme, form, structure, rhythm, language and figures of speech.

The key thing to do when comparing poems is to note the points where they are similar and the points where they differ. You could make a list noting similarities and differences between the two poems.

Comparison of 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker and 'Ozymandias' by Percy Bysshe Shelley


  • Both poems deal with transient aspects of human life.
  • Both are extended metaphors.
  • Both use concrete images for description.
  • Both use metaphor and images of passing time.


  • Ozymandias is in sonnet form, while Tissue uses 10 stanzas.
  • Shelley uses iambic pentameter throughout, whereas Dharker's poem has varied rhythm and shorter lines.
  • Ozymandias is more narrative in style, while Dharker layers up images.