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Comparing and contrasting "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory" Final draft By Stuart Hamilton The opening of "Porphyria's Lover" gives a sullen, depressing description of the weather, which then creates the mood for the whole poem. The storm is both metaphorical and physical because it represents the storm going on outside and the storm going on in the narrator's mind. The image we get from the wind is violent which prepares us for the narrator's mind. Ironic juxtaposition is used here because it blends the lines about the storm to the storm in his mind. " It tore the elm-tops down for spite" The next few lines describe Porphyria. The word "glided" tells us that the lover already sees her as above human, as a sort of spirit and her entrance is magical. The poet changes the word order as she arrives to show that it is a point of climax. "When glided in Porphyria" We can tell at this point that there is a lot of love present because when she arrives his cottage warms up not only because ...read more.


She then says: "Which is the poison to poison her, prithee?" This is an example of a bi-labial plosive, which shows her building excitement, whereas in "Porphyria's Lover" the sound "m" is used to show pleasure. In "Porphyria's Lover" she is too weak to give herself to him but she does love him whereas in "The Laboratory" it is a direct contrast owing to the narrator's lover is too weak to be with her so he finds himself with another because his love has faded. There is violence in both poems although it is much more subtle in "The Laboratory" because her emotion is more of excitement and the setting is much more relaxed and calm. The way she uses poison to kill her rival is subtle as well owing to it not being able to be detected back in the time when this poem is set and that she could seal it away in a secret manner. "To carry pure death in an earring, a casket." ...read more.


it as if it was happening whereas in "Porphyria's Lover" it builds up to the climax of her death and keeps us in suspense up to the actual moment. In the "The Laboratory" the large number of personal pronouns and out bursts show that she is extremely bitter and angry to her lover. "He is sure to remember her dying face" The conflict in "The laboratory" is that the narrator is jealous so she decides to kill her rival and make her lover see the pain in her face as she dies, whereas in "Porphyria's Lover" the conflict is that she cannot be with the narrator so he becomes angered and due to his insanity he kills her because he thinks it's the only way they can be together forever. Also in "The Laboratory" the main feeling in the poem is hatred for her lover and they are physically separated but in "Porphyria's Lover" the main feeling is the narrator's worship for her which is above love and they both stay as a couple. "And thus we sit together now" ...read more.

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The writer achieves some interesting comparisons between the poems, but this essay could afford to analyse areas of both texts in more detail, including more quotations and commenting further on the contexts in which they were written. ***

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