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Comparison between two poems - We have been reading two different poems 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning and 'The Sisters' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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Comparison between two poems We have been reading two different poems 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning and 'The Sisters' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The murderer In both stories there is a murder. These murders are committed by a lover. In 'Porphyria's Lover' the murderer is the man. He murdered her to keep her pure and to himself. He thought that Porphyria would have wanted him to do it. He also thought that she loved him a lot. He thought this because she came home from the party that she was at just to see him. This man killed Porphyria by strangling her with her own hair. He got it in one long yellow string and raped it around her throat three times. The murderers state of mind was not good. He was insane. He thought that just because he hadn't had a sing or heard a voice or anything like that from god it was ok to have killed her, because god hadn't said anything what he did was all right. This shows definite madness. This man was also lying to himself to make it better. He had to repeat that she felt no pain. This shows that he had to convince him self. Also he said that her eyes were looking up at her and laughing at him without a stain in then. If a person is strangled their eyes would be blood spotted, so his statement cannot be right. ...read more.

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Phorphyria is kind and loving. When she first enters in to the poem she has just returned home prom a party. To get home she had to travel through a storm, which meant that she was cold and wet. Despite been soaked the first thing she did was to light the fire for her lover, then get changed. At the beginning she is the dominant partner. She had to move his arms to go around her waist. She was treating him like a puppet. We don't actually know who this Porphyria is. This lady could have just been a visitor to the man in his house, and because of his madness he believes that she really is his lover. She became the victim because the man believes that she loved him. He thought that she loved him so much she left the party and came home through the wind and rain just to be with him. He also thought that it would be what she would have wanted. The poem tells us that she is from a higher-class maybe and that she cannot let go of that. By killing her he was finally letting her let go of her family. In 'The sisters' the victim is the man. This man was the Earl. He was also very handsome. We see this in the refrain at the end of every verse "O the Earl was fair to see!" ...read more.

Conclusion

This rhyme carries on through the whole poem. In the sisters the poem tells you when to stop and take a rest. It is written with end stopped lines. This poem is also in verse unlike porphyria's lover, which isn't. This poem is set in the form of a ballad. A ballad is an old folk song, which is there to tell a story using simple rhyme so when people are joining in with the words they can sing alone and predict the words and the end of the sentence. This poem contains a different rhyme structure to the other. A,a,b,c,c,b d,d,b,e,e,b f,f,b,g,g,b h,h,b,I,I,b As you can see 'b' repeats in every verse. This is called the refrain. The first line of the refrain refers to the weather outside and how it is building up into a raving storm as the sisters' madness and insanity grows with it. The next line of the refrain is about the Earl. "O the Earl was fair to see!" When this is said although it is the same phrase the words change. They mean different thing each time. For example in the second verse she is saying it to mean that it was good to see such a handsome man falling for her plot. In the third verse she is almost laughing at the Earl, because he made such the perfect victim and in the forth verse it is said with regret for what she is about to do. ...read more.

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