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Comparison of Porphyria's lover by R.Browning & La Belle Dame san merci by J.keats

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COMPARISON OF 'PORPHyRIA'S LOVE' BY r.BROWNING AND 'LA BELLE DAME SAN MERCI' BY J.KEATS The narrator in 'Porphyria's lover' is the man who murders Porphria, who is Porphyria's lover. The poem is in past tense, but at the end of the poem it changes into present, it makes you feel that it has just happened. In 'La Belle Dame San Merci' there are two narrators. In verse one there is a person passing by who asks a question and repeats it in verse two, "Oh what can ail thee knight at arms," and "Oh what can ail thee knight at arms" the knight might not be responding because of his love for the faery lady. In verse four the knight takes on the role of the narrator and starts to tell his story. The form of both poems differs. In "Porphyria's lover" there is one long narrative which works well because it enhances the drama, emotions and atmosphere of the story line. The poem is in a monologue because Porphyria's lover talks about the murder, which is different from "La Belle Dame San Merci." ...read more.


In "Porphyria's lover" there are two main characters and a third character that is hinted about. Porphyria's lover is described as a cold hearted person who has a psychotic mind who thinks that he can kill his lover and believe that it's not a crime. Porphyria is described as a middle class person. She is also described attractive with long blonde hair. It's suggested that she is married "to weak for all her hearts endeavour, to set her passion free," it shows that she's living two lives and isn't committed to either of them; this could be why her lover thinks he has to kill her. The lovers in the poems are described as victims. Porphyria is trapped by her own love for her lover. The knight is also trapped in her love for the faery lady but she doesn't love him back. When the faery lady leaves the Knight he trusts her to return, that's why he is left wondering the hill side. Porphyria's lover and the faery lady are both murderers. Porphyria's lover traps Porphyria by killing her. The faery lady traps the knight by making him love her and when she leaves him, he slowly dies away. ...read more.


The faery lady started to sing to get the knight hypnotised in love, "and song, a faery's song," the song is part of a trap which is luring the knight closer to the faery lady. In return for garland she gave him some sweet food, "roots of sweets," it good be a love position to make people madly in love with the faery. The faery took the knight to her elfin grot, "she took me to her elfin grot," it could be to seduce the knight. When the knight kissed the faery she was in complete control, "with kisses four," the trap was set, the knight had took the bait and was now imprisoned in love, for her. He fell a sleep and in his dream he was visited by kings and princes and they warned him of the faery lady, "I saw pale kings and princes too," "They cried La Belle Dame San Merci," he had fallen in love and he wasn't going to listen to the kings and princes. When the knight had awoken the faery lady had vanished, he was left alone in love and the person he was in love with had ran away, "alone and palely loitering," the knight was destined to search for his love for ever. Paul Harris 10F ...read more.

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