Comparison of “Porphyrias Lover” and “My Last Duchess”.

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Comparison of “Porphyrias Lover” and “My Last Duchess”

These two poems have many things in common they both are written by the same poet Robert Browning. 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' are written through the eyes of the murder and are dramatic monologues. I suppose they can be seen as biased and one sided as the story is only told by one person. They also have a silent listener. In 'My Last Duchess' the silent listener is the Ambassador for the Count, who is the father of the Duke's next bride.

My Last "The Count your master's known munificence

Duchess: Is ample warrant that no just pretence

Of mine for drowy will be disallowed;

Though his fair daughter's self, as I avowed

At starting, is my object." (Page 8 lines 49-53)

In the quotation written above the reason in which why I think that he is talking to the Ambassador of the Count is that Robert Browning uses the word Count and his fair daughter's both emphases that he is talking to someone about his next Duchess.

In 'Porphyria's Lover' the silent listener could be a number of people it could be a police officer, or he could just be telling the story to a friend. The reason why I am not sure of whom he is talking to is that there is no evidence in the poem, which tells me who he is talking to.

As the poems are dramatic monologues you get to learn about some of the characteristics of the characters. You gain knowledge of the Duke being cold, ruthless and possessive. The characteristics that you discover about Phorphyria's Lover, is that he is abnormally possessive lover, passionate and obsessive. From the knowledge of the characters you are given through the poems you see that they are both possessive and this is the reason why both of the characters kill their lovers. Because of all the jealously and possessiveness going on it gets too much for them and they kill their loved ones to get what they want.

Phorphyria's "To set it struggling passion free

Lover: From pride, and vainer ties dissever,

And give herself to me forever" (Page 30 lines 22-25)

My Last "Since none puts by

Duchess: The curtain I have drawn for you, but I." (Page 8 lines 9-10)

In 'Phorphyria's Lover' you learn that he does kill her through possessiveness because it says 'And give herself to me forever' and if you want something to stay with you for ever then that is possessive as he didn't want no one else to have her, not even her husband. The lover also shows to be possessive by saying 'That moment she was mine, mine'. He feels that by killing her it makes her, his that he has won her love forever and that she won't ever forget him or leave him.

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In 'My Last Duchess' you are taught that the Duke is possessive by him saying 'I have drawn for you, but I' which he is saying that he is keeping the curtain in front of the picture he has of her shut so no one can the see Duchess but himself.

The language used by Robert Browning makes the Duke and the Lover very similar although he uses different language in the poems. Both the Duke and the Lover gets jealous of the way that Phorphyria and the Duchess are living their lives. The Duke feels as though he is not ...

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