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English Essay - Poems

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How does Robert Browning express the feeling on madness and violence in the poems 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'The Laboratory'? I have currently been studying two poems named 'porphyrias Lover' and 'The laboratory'. Both of these poems by Robert Browning extremely express the emotions madness and violence in some way or another, in this essay I am going to point out just a few of the writing techniques used. Robert Browning wrote both of these poems which means there has to be some similarities in both poems for instance they both use a technique called 'dramatic monologue'. In 'Porphyria's Lover' he kills her because he doesn't know if he can trust the lady "While I stand and debate what to do" This is a direct quote showing that he doesn't not know whether he should go through with what he is about to do, also in 'Porphyria's Lover' the weather outside the humble cottage in which the man lives, the weather out side is Described as 'horrible' "The wind tore down the elm tops in spite" this quote I have used because it is reflecting the typical gothic genre which is suited to the era which Is set in the Victorian era. ...read more.


this also implies that he is not only a crackpot he does it with the own woman's hair so that could also be classed a ironic that such beauty could come to such a downfall. The words he say's in the quote may not be coming out of his mouth, he may be thinking them mentally, as if to describe them to a person this thought could mean that the character could be mentally troubled. In the poem 'The Laboratory' the person speaking could also be classed as insane this goes back to the similarities part, this is portrayed because of her language, for example "gold oozing" this is called an oxymoron because gold cannot ooze unless melted into a liquid form and the quote also backs up the fact that the character also may be suffering mentally the character is after revenge I think she knows what she is about to do is wrong but I don't really think she cares, she is so mind bent on getting her own back that she doesn't think about the consequences one bit, as this is not shown in the poem. ...read more.


The revenge the woman feels is aimed directly at the other woman this makes it personal there must be something with that woman that she doesn't like. Browning makes us want to feel sorry for the lady who has lost her husband/ex-husband because she has lost her life long partner and the lady in the poem also wants us to think that what she is going to do is right where-as in fact it isn't. In 'The Laboratory' we are told that the speaker is a female this is different to 'Porphyria's Lover' because the speaker in that is actually a male who is the killer in 'Porphyria's Lover' also in 'The Laboratory' she plans to poison her victim where as in 'Porphyria's Lover' he kills her so they can be together for ever, " and thus we sit together now and all night we have not stirred" this makes us feel that the poem has more of a romantic feel of love that 'The laboratory's' cold blooded killer. ...read more.

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