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A Comparison Between "Porphyria's Lover and "My Last Duchess"

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GCSE Robert Browning

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A Comparison Between "Porphyria's Lover and "My Last Duchess"

Both of these poems are what is know as a dramatic monologue. "My

Last Duchess" is about a member of the nobility talking to an

ambassador concerning his last wife, who later on in the poem is

revealed to have been murdered by the person speaking, who is about to

marry his second wife. "Porphyria's Lover" gives an insight into the

mind of an exceptionally possessive lover, who kills his lover in

order to capture that perfect moment of compassion.

"Porphyria's Lover" uses an alternating rhyme scheme during most of

the poem except at the end. It is written in the first person and is

known as a dramatic monologue. The whole poem is only one stanza long,

and each line in the stanza comprises of eight syllables, this helps

to give the poem a very regular rhythm; this gives a sense of order

and control in the poem which is what Porphyria's lover seeks to gain

over Porphyria.

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