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

Compare and contrast My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare and contrast My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover Robert Browning poet 1812-1889 writes both his poems (My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover) as dramatic monologues, in which a story is revealed with characters and events through a one sided conversation. In My Last Duchess the story is told by, the Duke of Ferrara, who is talking about his last wife. He is talking to the Ambassador to the Count, who's daughter the Duke wants to marry. I think that this is shown in the following lines of the poem. "The Count your master's known munificence Is ample warrant that no just pretence Of mine for dowry will be disallowed;" Where as in Porphyria's Lover, the lover is telling the story. You can't tell whom the lover is talking to but I believe that the lover is talking to himself and is trying to justify what he has done, which was murdering Porphyria. "I am quite sure she felt no pain As a shut bud that holds a bee, I warily oped her lids: again Laughed the blue eyes without stain" In both poems, there ...read more.

Middle

"Together down, sir Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me" I choose this section of the poem to back up my point, as it is about the duke talking about a rare statue that he has which was cast in bronze, which certainly only the rich could afford. I think he also mentions the statue to the ambassador as he is perhaps trying to show him an example of what the duke could possibly want as a dowry to marry his master's daughter. In both poems, there is talk about both the duchess and Porphyria being unfaithful. In My Last Duchess, it never says that the duchess was having an affair, but the duke was jealous of her talking to the servants and treating them as well as she would treat the duke, this ultimately is the reason we are told in the story that see is killed. In porphyria's Lover however I believe that Porphyria is cheating on her husband, who I believe is upper class with the lover whom I believe is a common person. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reason the duchess is killed in the poem M y Last Duchess, is because she treats ever one the same and doesn't treat the duke specially. "Much the same smile? This grew, I gave commands Then all smiles stop together there she stands." I think he is also jealous that the duchess is polite to everyone and smile at them. "Or blush at least. She thanked men good! But thanked Somehow - I know not how - as if she ranked My gift of a nine - hundred years old name With anyone's gift. Who'd stop to blame." The duke is not bothered by his actions at all and shows no remorse for what he has done. I think that the duke justifies him killing the duchess by his power as he has lots of power and I believe he takes it for granted. I believe the duke is greedy and only wants the dowry form the count to marry his daughter. "Of mine for dowry will be disallowed." This shows that the duke is all too eager to get on and talk about a large dowry for himself. ...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 effective an evocation of menace are the dramatic monologues 'My Last Duchess' and ...

    Unlike the nature of the murder in 'Porphyria's Lover', this murder was not a crime of passion, but rather a cold pre-meditated murder. The title of the poem - 'My Last Duchess' - lends the impression that this was not the first Duchess of the Duke.

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

    lover thinks he has done nothing wrong for the matter of killing her. Also the quotation 'she too weak, for all heart's endeavour' is a deliberate considerate act because it's mood changes by that it suggests that the lover's situation is not ideal and that conflict is introduced by societies codes, conventions and expectations.

  1. Compare and contrast Robert Browning's dramatic monologues 'My Last Duchess and 'Porphyria's Lover', by ...

    speaker who is separate from the poet, looking back to when the situation took place. Similarly, 'My Last Duchess' captures a time of reflection after the climax of the poem's plot. For instance in 'My Last Duchess', the topic of conversation is a previous Duchess of the Duke; that he

  2. Compare and contrast similarities and differences of Porphyria's lover and my last Duchess

    This poem is about Porphyria a young woman from a background of high status who has become part of a relationship with a man from a low status background, who has an obsessive love for her. Unfortunately because of Porphyria's status she must keep her relationship a secret, as her family would not approve.

  1. Compare and Contrast Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess

    The reader acknowledges that the narrator is passionately in love, as the following extract demonstrates. "Too weak, for all her heart's endeavour, To set its struggling passion free from pride, and vainer ties dissever And give herself to me forever."

  2. The four poems I have chosen are Hitcher, Education for Leisure, The man he ...

    It conveys that the hitchhiker has no worries in life and that he is a free spirit. The hitchhiker has a romantic way to look at life, he is relaxed and spiritual this is also shown by this phrase as it is in very casual speech, this makes the violence more unexpected and brutal.

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

    Just like the woman in 'The Laboratory', the duke shows jealousy and the desire for power. The duke was angered by his wife's attitude, 'Of joy into the Duchess' cheek'. He found her kind nature and her personality that attracted people disrespectful and rude towards him.

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

    This personification is used effectively to reinforce how wild the weather is that night; it also sets a mood of storminess which can refer to the atmosphere inside the cottage. The description of the weather also goes towards making the cottage seem totally isolated.

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