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Porphyria's Lover

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Porphyria's Lover, by Robert Browning is a poem in which a woman named Porphyria is killed by her lover. This man's obsession with Porphyria led him to murder. Through vocabulary, imagery and situation Browning shows us the mind of an obsessed man. The imagery in this poem helps the reader visualize the surroundings and therefore understand the main events in the poem. The opening lines in the poem show a dark dismal night: "The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake, It tore the elm-tops down for spite, And did its worst to vex the lake: I listened with heart fit to break." This helps the reader think of a dark evening and a man sitting impatiently for his lover. The pathetic fallacy of those first four lines makes us feel that he thinks the outside is deliberately trying to keep Porphyria away. The next few lines: "She shut the cold out and the storm, And kneeled and made the cheerless grate Blaze up, and all the cottage warm." Give us the sense that this woman holds some power over her lover. ...read more.


She tries to make this break-up less painful for her lover by saying that she would stay with him if she could, but can't. She lies to him. People lie a lot when love is involved due to the sensitivity of the issue. This sounds as though it could be used as a plot for a film in which a woman leaves her lower class boy-friend before, obviously, deciding to return to him after realising what a terrible mistake it was. "But passion sometimes would prevail, Nor could tonight's gay feast restrain A sudden thought of one so pale For love of her, and all in vain: So, she was come through wind and rain Be sure I looked up at her eyes Happy and proud; at last I knew Porphyria worshipped me." Passion blinds the speaker to all sense of reality and he starts a chain of thinking that leads him to believe that Porphyria is truly in love with him. He thinks that she came to him to save herself from her destiny and family. ...read more.


In a way, the speaker has chosen Porphyria's path in life; instead of being in high society she can stay with him. The speaker is now Porphyria's superior. ". . . Her head, which droops upon it still; The smiling rosy little head, So glad it has its utmost will, That all it scorned at once is fled, And I, its love, am gained instead!" In those lines, one can see that the speaker is truly obsessed. In his mind he saved her from her hated society and instead gained him, her love. The last line in the poem, "And yet God has not said a word!" Makes us feel his deeds were not wrong because God had not bothered to strike him dead by lightning making the speaker's obsession with his love legitimate and valid in the world. The largest feeling in this poem is obsession and all it's dreadful results. Murder. We also witness this kind of behaviour in the poem "My Last Duchess" In which a Lord talks about his dead Duchess and how he killed her because, basically, she smiled at other men. ...read more.

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