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Analysis of Robert Browning Poetry

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Introduction

"Dramatic Monologue usually presents a psychotic killer. However, despite the shock factor, we often feel sorry for the narrator" A 'dramatic monologue' is a type of poem, favored by many poets in the Victorian period, in which a character in fiction or in history delivers a speech explaining his or her feelings, actions, or motives. A dramatic monologue, also known as a persona poem, is a poem with a speaker who is clearly separate from the poet, who speaks to an implied audience that, while silent, remains clearly present in the scene. A silent audience is implied; there is no dialogue; and the poet speaks through an assumed voice: a character, a fictional identity, or a persona. Since a dramatic monologue is by definition one person's speech, placing emphasis on certain qualities that are left to the audience to interpret themselves. The use of this lyrical poem can make the reader feel certain emotions for the narrator such as empathy or even anger. As a result, the reader becomes more closely involved in the poems and can feel very strong emotions for the individuals portrayed; this is because a lot of sentiment has gone into their speech. All the narrators in Browning's Poems actions are caused by one thing-jealousy. The style of the dramatic monologue may even be an effort to turn poetry into many of the distinctive features of drama. ...read more.

Middle

In "The Laboratory" , the narrator is a woman speaking in a remarkably enthusiastic tone to the apothecary who is in process of making a potion to murder her husband's other lover. Creating an image of the laboratory the right from the opening two lines the poet gets us intrigued. We can almost picture ourselves there, as the speaker refers to what they are doing as devils work but it does not stop her, it entices her even more "Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly, May gaze thro' these faint smokes curling whitely" By referring to the smoke as curling whitely, shows us that she feels very daring and sly, as she is giving the smoke animalistic qualities. Because she is also referring to the smoke as "white", it could represent her sole purity eating away the sinful lovers. We can tell that she is angry with her husband and his lover in this next line "He is with her, and they know that I know where they are, what they do" She only refers to the other couple as 'he' and 'she' as they remain nameless, as they have done something that does not deserve to be given a name. All three narrators commit their murder attempt to take control, but this was not the only reason, the second side was possessiveness. In "My Last duchess", the narrator is very domineering. ...read more.

Conclusion

The "God" referred to is that of a rhetorical God to emphasize that what the speaker had to do was so morally correct that a God of any sort from any religious denomination would not be critical. In conclusion, all 3 poems are all to do with jealousy and envy. They all commit a crime and have no regrets. Browning used dramatic monologues to explore these three characters because it was talking from a killer's perspective and it helps us understand better as it was in the first person. I believe that it has more emotion and personal touch to it when it is first person ,because the narrators give details about incidents in depth. It was very powerful, especially the way when there was a sudden change in the atmosphere, which was very dramatic. It doesn't make us like them but it makes us feel sorry for them since they are all jealous. We all feel that all the time and we want to do something about it, but the way these narrators solve was just psychotic. All 3 narrators are jealous of love, jealous of their lovers being with another person and it makes us feel sorry for them because they are isolated or doesn't want to be isolated. I quite like "The Laboratory", because it's coming from a women's point of view and this women is determined to get revenge and do something about it. It makes me more confident and should do something about something that I am angry about. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Nadine Esaid 1 ...read more.

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