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Compare several of the poems in `Best Words’ that give different views of love

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Compare several of the poems in `Best Words' that give different views of love In this comparison of poems I am going to use two poems from Robert Browning and one poem from John Donne. The two poems from Robert Browning are called Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess. The poem from John Donne is called The Flea. Robert Browning' poems are about men who want women to be perfect and stay perfect for the rest of their lives or get the death penalty. Also, the women must never let another man look at them or make them feel special. However, John Donne' poem is about a man trying to seduce a woman who feel they should just have the girlfriend, boyfriend relationship which they already have. But after the male's performance she thinks that they shouldn't see each other again. The man evolves his relationship and future marriage around The Flea, which represents a temple or church. In The Last Duchess, the Duke basically has a hobby of collecting statues and paintings of women who become his wives. If one of his wives isn't devoted enough to him, for his liking, he will have them killed and gets another wife. He gets statues or painting done of them before he gets a few musketeers to track them down and kill them. ...read more.


He had a conversation with the messenger which was very much one sided like The Flea, the Duke always spoke. The poem seems like it should be a dialogue, including the messenger. However, it was like Porphyria's Lover, a monologue. The layout of Porphyria's Lover is totally opposite to My Last Duchess. The rhythm is very fast fitting the scene of darkness, wickedness and the quick death of Porphyria. However, there is light when Porphyria walks into the cottage, she brightens it up `All her yellow displaced'. There are rhyming couplets but not two lines together, they are like this: - ABABCDCD. The pace gradually builds up which gives the reader a notice that something mad is about to happen. The set rhythm suggests logic to the poem, there is something building up in the room. The Flea doesn't have a rhyming pattern, however it does have something else. It has three verses, each verse being a part of the argument to try and persuade the woman, taking the conceit further, the conceit in this poem being they together and The Flea. Each poem has a mystery woman in it, making them the subject of desire. For instance, Porphyria was the mystery woman who is described as a young, attractive woman but doesn't play much of a role. ...read more.


The text is very slow and flowing, which suited the Duke. To make it slow and flowing Robert Browning used comma a lot to slow down the pace an used long word to fit the text. By using long words, the words would have flown off the Duke' tongue without a breath in between. In Porphyria's Lover the words are mostly one syllable long to fit the quick death of Porphyria, `I wound three times her little throat around and strangled her.' The pace of the text sets the scene in the cottage. However, the pace only starts getting faster when she says she loved him. There is also matching lines that have similar meanings. For instance, `I warily oped her lids; again laughed the blue eyes without a stain.' `Yet God has not said a word!' The first quotation meant, when he looked into her eyes he was checking if there was a sinister look in her eyes as a punishment, but there wasn't, so she was kept perfect. The second quotation meant that because he had just killed someone God should have punished him, but God hadn't. These two quotations are linked because they both show that he got away with killing an innocent woman. The language in The Flea is an attempt to mix romance and persuasion together, however, the anonymous woman didn't fall for the poet's tricks, `Flea's death took life from thee.' This quotation symbolises the finishing of the persuasion and relationship. ...read more.

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