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

Compare The ways In Which Tennyson And Browning Present The Theme Of Love In Their Poems And The Way They Suggest About Victorian Cultural and Social Values.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

James O'Brien 1/3/03 Compare The ways In Which Tennyson And Browning Present The Theme Of Love In Their Poems And The Way They Suggest About Victorian Cultural and Social Values. The poems "The Sisters" by Lord Alfred Tennyson and "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning involve the themes of love, madness, obsession and jealousy. The poems were written in the Victorian era and are both dramatic monologues, which are poems written in the first person and are dramatic in content for example a murder and suicide. As these are both written in the 1st person, "The Sisters" is narrated by a sister and "Porphyria's lover" is narrated by the lover. One theme in the two poems is jealousy. In "Porphyria's Lover" the lover is jealous because he cannot have Porphyria to himself; this drives him to kill Porphyria. This is similar in "The Sisters" where one sister is jealous of the other because she is more beautiful and an Earl fell in love with her; the sister died and the jealous sister thought she went to hell. ...read more.

Middle

a refrain, "The wind is blowing in turret and tree," the word 'blowing' changes to 'howling', then to 'roaring', to 'raging' and finally to 'raving'. The verb indicating the movement of the wind makes it fiercer and stronger as the poem progresses, which symbolises that her jealousy and madness becomes stronger and fiercer each time. Once the sister kills the Earl the verb returns to 'blowing'. This is similar in "Porphyria's Lover"; the lover is narrating in one long flowing passage, unlike "The Sisters" where it is written in progressive stanzas. The sentence length becomes shorter and more erratic. This shows the lover's state of mind. Just before he kills Porphyria, his sentences are very short. This symbolises that he is not mad but confused and he strangles her with her own hair. One reason for this could be because there is some sexual tension between the two of them, when Porphyria enters her lover's house she takes off her wet clothes very slowly and it is described by Browning very erotically. ...read more.

Conclusion

The murders in the poems were premeditated, the sister plans to kill the Earl when he went for dinner, and Porphyria's lover says,"While I debated what to do." This is especially chilling as he loves Porphyria and because of a brief moment of insanity, he kills her. I think that Browning and Tennyson make the murders premeditated as in the Victorian period they liked to read of murder and horror stories, they also liked the idea of melodrama which these two plays are. Melodramatic literature is stories poem etc... that deals with men and women at critical moments in their relationships. The poems are also dramatic dealing with events like murder, victims, rejected lovers etc... I liked these two poems because they involve murder and love, but I especially like "The Sisters," because the woman is the murderer and the Earl is the victim, this I especially enjoyable because normally poems, stories and other literature are stereotypical making the male the murderer. In conclusion Browning and Tennyson present the theme of love in their poems using dramatic monologues and melodrama which were greatly liked during the oppressive Victorian period. ...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. Brownings Dramatic Monologues

    though really everything he says relates back to him in a certain way. This is very egotistical and slightly narcissistic.

  2. Discuss the importance of religion with reference to at least two poems within the ...

    being used as means for which he is able to prepare the presence that he wishes to leave on earth after his death. This is a character much interested in life after death. The party to whom he is talking is assumed to be made up of a number of

  1. comparing porphyria's lover and the sisters

    This isn't the case in ` The Sisters, ` because "ancient blood" which suggests that they are the same class. She kills him while he is in his sleep with a dagger. "Three times I stabb'd him tho' and tho'."

  2. Robert Browning is described as 'a love poet who was acutely aware of how ...

    Indeed, he is described as a poet who was aware how the passing of time could change a relationship. Two in the Campagna I believe is a key example of that. On the other hand, Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess are those of the male chauvinistic love for a woman.

  1. Is it possible to sympathise in any way with the villains in the two ...

    very self deceived and unable to see the reality of their actions and the world around them - for example Porphyria travels through the rain to see her lover in his "cottage" and he thinks that she is "too weak" to set herself free "From pride, and vain tides dissever/

  2. Many Men in Victorian Britain Feared Some Women's Desire for Independence. How does Browning ...

    The repetition of 'mine' stresses the fact that he would love to own and call her 'mine'. It also emphasises his fervour for being in control because repetition accentuates passion and strong sentiment for a subject. The alliteration 'perfectly pure' romanticises this phrase also adding to his passion for power.

  1. How do the poems "Havisham", "The Sisters" and "Porphyria's Lover" present the theme of ...

    Rambling is a good technique to use as anyone 'normal' would not be shown to waffle whilst talking. There is also the use of oxymoron's 'beloved sweetheart bastard', 'love's hate' which shows madness in the sense that she is confused.

  2. Compare the Ways that Poets Write About Violence in at least four of the ...

    It could also be interpreted as a detachment from the truth. Again there is a lack of motive behind the killing of the other soldier; the speaker says that he was just following orders. What separates the speaker in this poem from the speakers in the other poems is that

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