Critical appreciation of Robert Browning poems.
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Harpal Bal 11G1 GCSE Literature Coursework Pre- 1900 Poetry With close reference to the text, Write a detailed Critical appreciation of Robert Browning pomes. "My Last Duchess and Porphoryia's Lover" Robert Browning was one of the great poets of the Victorian age. He was on born 7th May 1812 in Camberwell and he died on the 2nd December 1889. Robert Browning got secretly married to Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 and went on to live in Italy. Browning became an admirer of Elizabeth's Barrett's poetry in 1844. He began corresponding with her by letter. This was the start of one of the world's most famous romances. Their courtship lasted until 1846 when they were married. The couple moved to Italy that same year. Robert Browning did not become recognized as a poet, until after Elizabeth's death in 1861. After which, he was honoured for the rest of his life as a literary figure. Although Robert Browning wrote in many poetic forms, his most successful was the dramatic monologue. In his monologues, he spoke in the voice of an imaginary or historical character. Most of his monologues portray people at dramatic moments in their lives. In the Victorian age, love marriages were very rare. The daughters had to obey their parents. If a couple were madly in love they had to resort to eloping A monologue is defined as a poem in which a single character is speaking to a person(s)
"Of joy into the Duchess' cheek: Perhaps Fra Pandolf chanced to say 'Her mantle laps over my lady's wrist too much,' or 'Paint must never reproduce the faint half-flush that dies along her throat" The duke was made angry when some officious fool broke in the orchard for her," The duke was also jealous of "The white mule she rode around the terrace." He was very frustrated at the fact she was made happy from such simple and small things and he couldn't make her happy. Also to being equally nice to everyone, the Duke (in his opinion) felt that his late wife failed to recognize the true worth of her husband. For example he felt that being married into a prestigious family meant that she should be honoured. But the Duke also felt that she was just as nice toward the Duke as toward everyone else. "Oh sir, she smiled, not doubt, whene'er I passed her; but who passed out without much the same smile?" He hated that, the duke wanted her all for herself. He wanted her to show him the most respect but she couldn't do that because she was just a nice person and she respected everyone. Just shows how possessive the Duke really is. Just one thing, we dont know if the Duke did kill the Duchess. Also it is obvious that the Duke would rather like to admire his Duckess as a painting, and to be able to control the people who view that painting.
The two poems talk about murder within a relationships and jealousy. In Porphoryia's lover, the lover is jealous because Porphoryia is not able giver herself to him forever. The Duke is jealous because he thinks his wife had an affair with some one and that she flirted with other men and also thinks she gave her heart away too quickly. The differences in the two poems are the rhyme schemes. Porphoryia is written in a verse of ABABB and in "my last duchess" it is written in heroic couplets ABABAB. The emotions in the poems are different. In My last duchess it sounds if the Duke was happy to get rid of he wife and in Porphoryia's lover it sounds if the lover was really sad in killing her, but he just wanted to preserve there love. The killings were different. In My last duchess had got different people to kill his wife whereas in Porphoryia's Lover, the lover murdered Porphoryia with his own hands. I had an easier time reading Porphoryia's Lover more than My last duchess because if you read line by line Porphoryia's lover you have an easier time. But I feel that I had understood "my last duchess" more than Porphoryia's lover because I understood why the duke wanted to get rid of his wife but in Porphoryia's lover, I was not as sure why the lover did get rid of Porphoryia and it was also an unusual way to kill some one.
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