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

Compare the two poems 'Porphyria's lover' and 'my last duchess' by Robert Browning. In what way do they form part of a literary tradition?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare the two poems 'Porphyria's lover' and 'my last duchess' by Robert Browning. In what way do they form part of a literary tradition? The two poems 'Porphyria's lover' and 'my last duchess' by Robert Browning shows a dramatic monologue. Dramatic monologue is a story that is told by one person; which means you only get one point of view; in the two poems they are based on the narrator's crisis, his feelings and his way of thinking; and you have to believe it because that is the only view your going to encounter. In dramatic monologue because you only get one person telling the story, you have to trust his judgements and criticisms and believe or not believe what is being said. It is hard to trust what the narrator says, because in 'my last duchess' his wife could of acted completely different to how he was describing her, but you wouldn't have known; so we have to speculate about other issues we do not encounter and also contemplate about controversies that can occur about only one side being said. Robert Browning makes the poems very similar in the way he uses poetic devices like similes 'As a shut bud that holds a bee' which was used in 'Porphyria's lover' and in 'my last duchess' the use of simile is used 'Looking as if she was alive'; ...read more.

Middle

He had no control over her like he had no control either so they both resulted to death; which they both then have total control. Both the poems the narrator is driven to murder because they are possessive; they like things to go their way otherwise they get angry, and the duke saw his wife as a adornment to show he has a nice wife and she is superior compared to him, where as Porphyria was driven to murder because she would not marry him and then if he killed her, he will have her for ever. The comparisons are what differs the two poems from each other; when Porphyria came through the door she shut the atmosphere with her to bring warmth and happiness 'she shut the cold out and the storm' Robert Browning uses personification to show the storm that is going on out side and the storm that is going on in his head. This leads him want more from her and to be with her. In 'Porphyria's lover' he is virtually mentally unstable and soon to find out that he is psychotic. He expresses his psychotic-ness when he decides cold heartedly to kill his lover and partner. Due to him contemplating and pondering in his mind how he could be with her 'And called me. ...read more.

Conclusion

The story in his mind was what he thinks. He was insanely possessive. He was an extremely jealous person 'as if she ranked my nine-hundred-years-old name with anybody's gift'. His partner was flushed with desire, she like to be nice and kind to people so we are told and she is to easily flattered 'to easily impressed'. This is also a different story line to the other poem because the duke wants to get married to the count of Tyrol so he has taken the ambassador to look at his possessions, which means the most to him, and talk to him about his last wife and how he does not want to be messed around. Whilst the ambassador was there his job is to talk to the Count of Tyrol about everything so the duke is trying to be in his good side and speak politely and also uses false modesty when he says 'even had you skill in speech - (which I have not)' when in fact he has probably got a better speech than him. This is also a case in Shakespeare - Julius Caesar when Brutus his best friends made a powerful speech that drew the people to vote for him and used a rhetorical device which is used to persuade people. This is irony and it is used for effect. I conclude by saying that the themes Browning used where success, failure, power and disappointment. ...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. A study of two dramatic monologues, 'Porphyria's Lover' & 'My last Duchess' by Robert ...

    The Duke is very derogative of his wife, as he complements Fra Pandolf's 'piece of wonder', conveying to the reader that his thinking of the artists talent made the picture look as beautiful as it does, and not his wife's looks.

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

    It is as if the narrator is convincing herself into believing what she wants. At the time 'The Laboratory' was written, life was based around your religion and the bible. Going to church on a Sunday was the done thing and was part of a weekly routine, unlike today when

  1. Analysis of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning.

    conversation and gives the feeling that the speaker is rushing through parts of the poem. When the Duke is speaking of the death of his wife, for example, the lines running over suggest that he is nervous about the subject.

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

    Ordinary, everyday language is used which make the audience feel uneasy because they are able to relate it to their own use of language, "down the bog" he uses speech that is relaxed and therefore the reader is able to picture it.

  1. Examine Browning's use of the dramatic monologue in 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'. ...

    pausing to discover if his listener is attentive, by continually referring to him as, "Oh, sir" and such like. This poem is also simply the story behind a piece of art, shown by the Duke leading the emissary from one painting to another, and after having finished the story of his "last duchess", asking, "Will't please you rise?"

  2. Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning - an Analysis and exploration of the poem and ...

    Here, however, in 'Porphyria's Lover', sex appears as something natural, acceptable, and almost wholesome: Porphyria's girlishness and affection take prominence over any hints of immorality. Although sex out of wedlock is not explicitly detailed in the poem it is implied by the writing, the 'gay feast' the speaker refers to

  1. Comparing and Contrasting My Last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover

    This is shown by his inactivity throughout the first half of the poem. Also, it is shown through pathetic fallacy. The weather is stormy to reflect his anger. The Duke is a very cold person. He "gave commands" for her death, wanting little to do with it.

  2. Describe what you have found of interest in the poetry of Robert Browning. ...

    This means that it is told as a song and tells an interesting story. This also links with the rhyme that Browning often included in his poetry. The poem is also written using enjambment which, as well as the rhyming couplets, helps the poem to flow well and to keep the reader interested and amused.

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