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Compare and contrast the two Poems By Robert Browning - 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'

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Compare and contrast the two Poems By Robert Browning The two poems that I will compare and contrast are 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' I will try to show how Robert Browning has presented the main relationships and I will give an opinion to which poem I prefer and why. Firstly the poems studied are both dramatic monologues which is a poem in which a single speaker such as a narrator in a book tells the entire poem which is often a critical moment. The poem 'My Last Duchess' is set in northern Italy and the speaker is an Italian duke, the Duke of Ferrara who ordered his wife, or the last duchess, as we know to be murdered. ...read more.

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envoy will warn the Count so that he knows the possessive nature of the duke and does not let him marry his daughter. The poem entitled 'Porphyria's Lover' is one of the earliest dramatic monologues of Browning. The speaker in this case lives in the countryside in a small cottage and his lover is called Porphyria. This poem tells us about a time when it was stormy and she goes to her lovers to light a fire in his cottage, she offers her lover her bare shoulder when he does not reply to her. When Porphyria's lover realises that she worships him he wants to keep this moment so he wraps her long blond hair three times around her throat and strangles her to death. ...read more.

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One of the main similarities is that possessive characters kill both the women in the poems. In the poem 'My Last Duchess' the duke is jealous of his duchess with other men and this could be the case in the other poem but it is not as clear. My opinion is that I prefer the poem entitled 'Porphyria's Lover' because it is much easier to understand and interpret. I also like the rhyming pattern of 'Porphyria's Lover' because it makes it much more interesting to read rather than rhyming couplets. I also like this poem because it uses natural languages and I like the plot of the poem. Overall I like 'Porphyria's Lover' better than 'My Last Duchess'. Mark Booth GCSE English: Response to Poetry January 2002 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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