• 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...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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. Love Relationships: a Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's ...

    She is not a woman who is easily seduced. On the contrary, first, she refuses this relationship because it goes against her convictions as a feminist: "I am threatened in that Autonomy for which I have so struggled" (p.170). This opposition seems not to be a conventional rejection of infidelity

  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. Lucretius on Love

    He states this in 1069-1037: "day by day the frenzy grows and the misery is intensified." Furthermore, he instructs the unfortunate love-smitten to find the nearest woman and have unbinding intercourse with her, as well as others, as to rid himself of the fallacies of love.

  2. Critically assess Richard Dyer’s claim that the musical generates a utopian sensibility by comparing ...

    In 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' this is most clearly visualized is Russell's performance of 'Is there anyone here for love' the 'backdrop' for this number is a large number of scantily clad male dancers, playing the Olympic team, manipulating exercise moves into that of a dance.

  1. E.M. Foster once wrote: "I do not believe in Belief...Tolerance, good temper and sympathy- ...

    This shows that these qualities are more important than Belief like other characters in the book. Another instance where his sympathy and good temper is expressed, when the priest falls ill in the Church in a revolting manner, with bad smell, Dr Iannis comes up to help him, without any

  2. The four poems I am going to use are; 'Porphyria's Lover', by Robert Browning, ...

    These quotes show that no matter what the Highwayman wants to go back and see Bess as she is his true-love.

  1. Married state

    'A Married State' is written in 3rd person, throughout the poem there are 7-9 syllables per line creating an consistent rhythm making the atmosphere quite dismal towards the reader. The poem is written in only 1 stanza to become straight to complex with the middle class housewives, especially in lines

  2. Compare the poets' representation of the lover in 'To His Coy Mistress' and 'Porphyria's ...

    In 'Porphiria's Lover' the poem is structured with two main stanzas. The first stanza is very large; as it has to show both the affect the woman has on the speaker, and the speaker's feelings about her. And it also arouses his ideas of killing her, which need to be subtly brought up.

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