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

Comparing and contrasting

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

3 star(s)

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. ***

Marked by teacher Karen Reader 02/05/2012

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 Love Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Compare The Treatment In The Poems 'Sonnet 18' And 'The Sun Rising'.

    4 star(s)

    Some people would be offended by the arrogance and insolence shown by the poet, but in general, it must be appreciated that the poem does not take itself seriously, and this is refreshing after so many weighty, and sometimes heavy-handed, love poems.

  2. What similarities do you see between Jack and Julia compared to Lydia and Faulkland.

    He is also quite jealous. He and Lydia are very similar he constantly wants to be told that he is loved and he does this by asking her straight to her face or he will complain about something about himself. Whereas Lydia writes a letter to herself so that they have an argument so that

  1. Compare "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" to "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" ...

    it is plentiful and warm and wool is seen as the simplest material, a contrast to satin and velvets worn in court. The shepherd also deliberately uses "pretty lambs", as he is explaining to the nymph that even the lambs are perfect and he is trying to create an image of health and energy.

  2. Through analysis of "Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood

    She finally realizes that he does not care after he "complains about the food... Mary is hurt." She soon learns that "her friends ... [saw] him in a restaurant with another woman" and is deeply bothered by this since "John [had] never taken Mary to a restaurant."

  1. In this essay I will explore My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, ...

    Just as the first stanza suggests an awakening, the second brings a climax and an expression of deep true love which can only be found by taking risks. The love in this poem is still pure and untouched, much like 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose'.

  2. Compare and contrast - Baldesar Castiglione's Book of the Courtier and Francois Rabelais's Gargantua ...

    1 Castiglione's participants in the discussion about women can generally be divided into two camps: those who defend women (Cesare Gonzage and Magnificio Guliano de' Medici) and their opponents (Niccolo Frisio, Ottaviano Fregos and Gasparo). In reading The Courtier, it is easy to see that majority of those who participate in the discussion are rather critical of women's nature.

  1. "Come live with me and be my love"

    He then says, "By shallow rivers to whose falls". The poet uses the word, "river" because the river is indeed a peaceful and quiet place to be and that that is what he wants.

  2. Extract From the Novel "Back" by Henry Green

    Line 6 effectively illustrates the church tower and its color. The narrator has chosen this particular description of the tower to be 'blood colored brick', which allows the reader to automatically picture the color of the bricks.

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