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A comparison of three poems: The laboratory, Porphyrias Lover and A woman to her lover.

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Introduction

Throughout literary history various poets such as, Robert Browning and Christina Walsh have articulated love and attraction in a wide range of ways. Browning conveys his thoughts through two dramatic monologues one being " The Laboratory" to express a sense of strong imagery that represents the feeling of evil and hatred, and the other being "Porphyia's Lover" which again consists of strong imagery but of obsession, love and control. Whereas, in "A Woman to Her Lover," Christina Walsh has simply made a political statement through a free verse form; conveying the change in attitude of women during the pre Victorian era. In "A woman to Her Lover" We see that it is about a woman demanding conditions for her marriage to her future husband. This would seem extremely odd during this period, as women were often treated as subservient. The idea of men treating women as second rate is opposed in the first stanza. This stanza details the rejection of male dominance by a woman. "Do you come to me to bend me to your will as conqueror to the vanquished." ...read more.

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We see that "The Laboratory" is an unusual poem whereby we see the courageous female persona is driven to revenge. This is in stark contrast to the stereotypical view of women during the 19th century, who were not expected to have a voice, in a male dominated society. Not only does she seek revenge but also wishes to punish her husband: "He is sure to remember her dying face." "As thou pliest thy trade in this devil's-smithy," this line in the opening stanza to the poem which indicates to us that "The devil's smithy" is a metaphor for the subject of this workshop may be poison and death. This imagery also ties in with the devils work. The structure of this poem is a regular AABB rhyme scheme; this conveys a very jolly rhythm to the poem which is ironic because the subject is quiet chilling about seeking revenge. The language on this poem is conveyed throughout the poem through the use of imperatives "Take my mask off! Nay, be not morose!" the use of imperatives highlight that she is in control. ...read more.

Conclusion

From this we can see that the narrator casually kills his lover, whom he is attracted to; but alarmingly shows no remorse in her inhumane death. Additionally, in "The Laboratory" the most shocking line which focuses on the narrator's deranged state of mind is, "Brand, burn up, bite into its grace-He is sure to remember her dying face," the alliterative effect of the harsh 'B' sound expresses the fury and bitterness as she really wants to kill her rival and hurt her husband at the same time so he can remember her death forever. In conclusion to my essay, I feel that the poets studied here have portrayed their views through a wide range of techniques including political statements. In my opinion "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory "are similar as they both share the theme of death and obsession. On the other hand in," A Woman to her Lover", is more about breaking the social norm and standing up for your rights. Each poem has a unique tone and message but they do share some similar techniques. Word Count: 1,100 ?? ?? ?? ?? A comparison of three poems: "The laboratory," "Porphyria's Lover" and "A woman to her lover." Steven 10F Page 1 ...read more.

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