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

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GCSE Robert Browning

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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"

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