• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyzing 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' are both dramatic monologues written by Robert Barrett Browning. 'Porphyria's Lover' is one long stanza, written in a conversational style and there is no direct listener where as 'My Last Duchess' consists of 28 rhymed couplets, is written in iambic pentameter and there are a direct listener. 'Porphyria's Lover' is Browning's first short dramatic monologue. The subject of 'Porphyria's Lover' is obsessive love. Porphyria's Lover gets so obsessed with her that he kills her to make him his forever. Alternatively the subject of 'My Last Duchess' is obsessive love. The Duke wanted the Duchess to be his and more like an object than a person. The rhythm in 'Porphyria's Lover' is ababb however in 'My Last Duchess' it is abab. ...read more.

Middle

"And give herself to me forever" indicates that Porphyria's lover is obsessive and implies that something important is going to happen next. Porphyria's lover is not completely mad. "But passion sometimes would prevail" reinforces the fact that it was a moment of passion that led to him killing Porphyria as he did not want that passion to end. "The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down for spite, And did its worst to vex the lake: ... So, she was come through wind and rain" presents that Porphyria worships her lover in the poem and travelled through really bad weather just to be with him. After Porphyria's lover kills her he beliefs that her has not committed a sin in Gods eyes. "And yet God has not said a word!" ...read more.

Conclusion

that pictured countenance". This illustrated the fact that he see's his wife as beautiful now but didn't when she was alive due to the fact that he believed she was sleeping with other men. "Twas not her husbands presence only, called that spot of joy into the duchesses cheek... she thanked men", this exposes the fact that the Duke did not trust the Duchess when she was alive and believed she was being disloyal. The Duke was annoyed and angry that she was supposedly being disloyal to him and therefore hired someone to kill her. "This grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together". This reinforces that the Duke killed the Duchess and that he gave commands as he chooses never to stoop. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ryan Murray 12E ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Robert Browning section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Robert Browning essays

  1. How does Browning present the idea of love in 'The Laboratory' and 'My Last ...

    trick the woman she hates in a similar way to that which she believes she was deceived. The narrator is infatuated with power, greed and to have what suits herself. She is surprised by the amount, 'What a drop!' of the poison.

  2. 'How effective an evocation of menace are the dramatic monologues 'My Last Duchess' and ...

    believes that he has got away with what he has done...thus giving him the idea that what he did was the right thing: 'And yet God has not said a word' Line 60. This motive does not particularly reveal menace...but rather a much more disturbing tale of a mentally unsound man.

  1. Comparing and Contrasting My Last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover

    In addition, Porphyria's lover says that she would not "From pride, and vainer ties dissever" this shows that Porphyria is of a class that her involvement, in any form with someone like her lover, would cause a scandal. Also, she loves being in her social position, and even though she

  2. English Literature Coursework - My Last Duchess & Porphyria's Lover

    these quotes suggests that Porphyria's Lovers actions were unplanned and therefore he was not expecting her to worship him. Although he seems determined to kill her by wrapping her hair round her throat three times, he states that she felt no pain.

  1. Compare & Contrast 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'. Which Poem do you Find ...

    It is even her that must take the man's arm and put it about her waist; she has to make all the moves which must show that there is something troubling the man. Next he lists all the things that she does but the manner in which this is done

  2. Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess.

    This is again in comparison with Porphyria's Lover because both men in the poems are jealous of their kind, happy wives and both are control freaks who want their women as objects and not as the human beings they are.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work