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What are the similarities and differences between the two speakers in the poems by Robert Browning: 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'?

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What are the similarities and differences between the two speakers in the poems by Robert Browning: 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'? How have pride, power, and love influenced their actions? Pick out uses of language in your answer, and comment on how their language reveals their inner motives. Although the two poems have a fundamental similarity, their tone and uses of language are dramatically different. Both women die in the poems, but the reasons for their death and the way they are killed highlight the differences in the tone of the two poems. In 'Porphyria's Lover', you can gather information just by reading the title. Porphyria is not only the name of the women, but is also a hereditary mental failure. ...read more.


We know that the lover is poor, as he lives in a cottage and Porphyria comes from a wealthy family. " To set its struggling passion free, From pride, and vainer ties dissever." 'Struggling' for money, which is the lover. "From pride and vainer" suggests from a wealth background, which is describing Porphyria. This difference may be the reason he kills her, so that he can keep her forever. The lover feels that "all his love has been in vain" because Porphyria is too proud to marry him. By killing her he ensures that he keeps her forever "that moment she was mine, mine, fair" "and all night long we have not stirred" (line 59). ...read more.


When Porphyria is dead he uses similes that describe her as if she was still alive. "as a shut bud that holds a bee, " this line is stating that her eyes are closed like she is asleep. "I warily oped her lids: again" " laughter her blue eyes without a stain." He then opens her eyelids and she her blue eyes, which look at him peacefully. This is a contrast with the original image portrayed when she was alive. As he has a mixture of hate and love for her, and then he only has love for her when she dies. The last line " And yet God has not said a word!" This line maintains that the lover was not punished by anyone for his sin. And he is guilt free. GCSE English Pre-1900 Poems December 02 ...read more.

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