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  1. Consider how two poets use their craft to create a powerful narrative.

    "Made my heart swell..." "But passion would sometimes prevail" He uses alliterationn to emphasize the obsession that the killer has on Poprhyria. This technique is used in a lot of poems and is very clever, the reason why is because when you read the words that are alliterated it makes them stand out subliminally without the reader noticing. Browning likes to provoke thought and imagination of the reader, I nthis particular poem, he makes anyone that reads this particular poem imagine themselves as the killer and puts you into the killers mind by showing you exactly what he thought of the whole situation: "That moment, she was mine,mine fair, Percectly pure and good."

    • Word count: 940
  2. Critique of Dover Beach and Porphyria's lover.

    The imagery and punctuation in lines 11 - 14 implicite the waves and human experience felt by the speaker. The sea is a metaphor so far, which explicates the ebb of human misery felt by the speaker. With tremulous cadence... ... ...eternal note of sadness The allusion to Sophocles' in Dover Beach associates human misery with the sounds of the sea and reflects on the pathetic human milieu. In the third stanza the significance of his Christianity is discharged, it is getting harder to hold on to his faith and protect himself from the sadness he is feeling about reality.

    • Word count: 969
  3. Pre 20th Century Poetry (pre 1900/1914) Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning.

    While reading "Porphyria's Lover" the main theme's that stood out most in the poem was love and possession. Also, an important part of this theme was the effects love might have on people such as fear, joy, pride, vanity and obsession as demonstrated by the speaker. Robert Browning uses elements of poetry such as the speaker, rhyme scheme, and rhythm to accentuate the theme in the poem. While reading "My Last Duchess" the main theme that stood out most was possession. The first sentence tells us that the painting is of his former wife who is now deceased.

    • Word count: 605
  4. 'My last Duchess' composed by Robert Browning.

    The poem deliberately engages its readers on a psychological level, for the musings of the duke force one to think about the moral aspects of his actions. He starts by reminiscing about his deceased duchess's portrait and then his thoughts wander to the duchess herself. From his ramblings it is clear enough that he considered her an incorrigible flirt who dared defy his authority and express joy at other men's achievements.

    • Word count: 562
  5. Compare The ways In Which Tennyson And Browning Present The Theme Of Love In Their Poems And The Way They Suggest About Victorian Cultural and Social Values.

    Towards the end of the poem, the sister invites the Earl around for dinner and she sleeps with him, in the middle of the night she woke up and stabbed the Earl to death. If we look at Victorian social ideas, young women were not to go out without a chaperone and clearly Porphyria went to her lover's house without one, young women should have never betrayed another lover which happens in the poem. Porphyria tells the lover that she has ties, but he doesn't agree with, "From pride, and vainer ties dissever."

    • Word count: 864
  6. Compare and contrast the poems 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning - Examine how Browning presents love and relationships in these poems.

    For all we know, the Duke from 'My Last Duchess' could be lying throughout. At the start of 'Porphyria's Lover' the setting is very gloomy and disturbed, "The rain set early in tonight, the sullen wind was soon awake." This shows the weather but also how the Lover is feeling at the moment. This sets the scene and contrasts the events where Porphyria enters the room. She "glided in", which gives her a graceful image, which suggests the relationship has been formed on how she looks on the outside (it is not to say that he does not love what is on the inside).

    • Word count: 824
  7. With close reference to at least 2 poems explore how the poets create a sense of mood and atmosphere.

    This change in atmosphere in "Porphyria's Lover" suggests that she is the most important thing in his world and his source of happiness. In "Mariana," the building has fallen into disrepair, as the flowerpots were "thickly crusted" with moss and the shed was falling apart, which is similar to the feelings in her heart. In the same way that there is no one there to look after the garden, there is no one to love Mariana. The writers use rhythm, rhyme and repetition to give the poems movement and structure.

    • Word count: 824
  8. Human Interest and Porphyria's Lover Essay.

    Now, the first noticeable difference between the murderers is the way they are both describing the murders. In 'Porphyria's Lover' the murderer describes the scene and the time leading up to the murder with what would seem to be more depth. The murderer in 'Porphyria's Lover' describes how he is feeling "Happy and proud, at last I knew" and he also describes the way Porphyria looks to him, which is beautiful, both before and after her death, whereas the murderer in 'Human Interest' describes his anger "I'd slogged my guts out for her, but she lied" and he says he

    • Word count: 959
  9. Compare and contrast My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover.

    are ties to the upper class in My Last Duchess it is more spoken of than in Porphyria's Lover, which only has a few lines linking to the upper class. From Porphyria's Lover these four lines link Porphyria to the upper class. "From pride, and vainer ties dissever, And give herself to me forever. But passion sometimes would prevail Nor could to-nights gay feast restrain." This shows that Porphyria has come from a feast to meet the lover, and I think that the feast shows that perhaps she was at an upper class party and had left that to see her lover.

    • Word count: 945
  10. Discuss Browning's ethical position in "The Statue and the Bust".

    In the poem, the two lovers are criticised for the procrastination and weakness, which prevented them from eloping. As a consequence, Browning has been accused of implying that, under certain circumstances, adultery is laudable. However, having foreseen such criticism, Browning says "I hear you reproach, 'But delay was best, for their end was a crime'". The reference to adultery as a crime is in itself significant as evidence that Browning does not condone it. Browning proceeds by saying that, had they repented of their sinful passion and been prevented from eloping by moral reasons, he would have commended them.

    • Word count: 925
  11. What are the two poems about? What do you notice about the poets use of language? In what ways the poems similar to and different from each other? 'Porphyria's' Lover'and 'My Last Duchess'.

    As well as being very comparable, these stories are very different. 'Porphyria's Lover' is the poem we are certain involves a murder whilst 'My Last Duchess' is just hinted upon. In 'Porphyria's Lover', the murder is an act of love. Porphyria's lover gently winds his lovers hair round her neck three times and strangles her. "No pain felt she" as Browning put it, emphasising the fact that this poem is a love poem and not a horrific chilling poem.

    • Word count: 440
  12. How do male authors portray their female characters?

    When he sees that Porphyria worships him he kills her to save her, from her own weakness. Emotive and inferential The emotive and inferential language in the poem helps to manufacture an atmosphere. The use of this also gives the characters more life so that they appear aggrandized real. The layout of the poem is all in one stanza so we know that it is only one person's stream of consciousness. Each new line begins with a capital letter and this tells us that it is consistent and only one person speaking. The S sound in the poem, 'The sullen wind was soon awake', 'the rain set early in tonight' gives the poem a sinister feeling.

    • Word count: 718
  13. Compare and contrast Browning's portrayal of the protagonists in 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'.

    The Duke saw the Duchess's flirtatious behaviour towards other men as unacceptable behaviour for his wife. However what the Duke viewed as inappropriate flirting was in fact no more than unadvised courtesy towards whoever showed compassion and sociability towards her. The Duchess undoubtedly did not seem to recognize the expectations the Duke had of her, as thought correct and fitting for the wife of such a high ranked man at that time. The Duchess simply acted naively, not understanding the importance of the etiquette she was supposed to follow as the wife of duke. Porphyria also seems to be fairly young and beautiful.

    • Word count: 790
  14. Porphyria's Lover.

    Eventually she found herself at the oversized, wooden cottage door, fumbling for her keys. He lay in bed - wide-awake, his heart shuddering as the torrid wind and relentless rain engulfed the world outside him. The cottage was cold, and he didn't want to move from his warm, huddled position under the blanket of his bed. His ears were pricked as he listened to the gales, when suddenly he heard the painfully memorable sound of Porphyria's key turning in the door.

    • Word count: 609
  15. Porphyria's Lover Diary Entry.

    I tried to be as normal so as not to alarm her, but it was very difficult, I was more silent than normal and thought she was latching onto my suspicions. She tried to move closer to me and hold me and so I let her as it gave me an opportunity to do the one thing, which I had left to do. The setting was absolutely right for what I was going to do. The wind was rustling about like crazy outside and the windows were clashing together.

    • Word count: 685
  16. How does Browning show the balance of power between men and women in 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphryria's Lover'?

    anybody wants to see it they would have to ask him first, 'Since none puts by The curtain I have drawn for you, but I' This shows that he still has control over her even though she has passed on. After that he writes about how every little detail seemed to please her, 'She had A heart... how shall I say... too soon made glad, Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er She looked on, and her looks went everywhere.' The Duke gets quite angry at this point, 'The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard for her,'

    • Word count: 814
  17. Porphyria's Lover Robert Browning.

    Whereas at the start of the poem, you feel like the shades are cold - blues and greys. The poet uses words such as "sullen", "spite", and "vex" to indicate human emotions. As soon as Porphyria enters, the warmth livens the room - the shades are bright - oranges and yellows to lift the senses. Before she enters the room, the lover's mood is anxious and full of fear and anticipation. Once she has arrived, his mood is ecstatic: 'I listened with heart fit to break.

    • Word count: 787
  18. My Last Duchess.

    She can be controlled when not alive and on the wall! She was a possession to him as a person, and is a possession to him now, that she is a picture. She smiled to everyone she was "too easily impressed" and she "liked whate'er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere". This then got the duke angry and extremely envois, the fact that "the bough of cherries some officious fool broke in the orchard for her" would "draw from her alike the approving speech, or blush" as much as "she ranks my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name".

    • Word count: 475
  19. Compare and contrast the two Poems By Robert Browning - 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess'

    When Fra Pandolf was painting her portrait he offered many complements about the duchess and the duke was jealous about this because he thought that he owned the duchess, and could do whatever he wanted with her so to stop any more comments of this nature. I believe the duchess to have been a lively person who easily got along with anyone and befriended anyone but the duke doesn't like the duchess taking to any other male so he ordered the murder because he wanted her all to himself but the duchess being a lively person didn't stop talking to people so he was envious of them.

    • Word count: 649
  20. Porphyria’s lover

    He writes life into the weather. The man the poem is listening 'with heart fit to break'. This could be because he knows that the weather might prevent his Porphyria from coming to him. As Porphyria enters the cottage she 'shuts the cold out', the very presence of Porphyria in the cottage generally brightens the atmosphere and helps the man forget the storm outside.

    • Word count: 330
  21. Porphyria's Lover

    Give us the sense that this woman holds some power over her lover. She seems to take care of him. This sets up a reason why the speaker is obsessed with Porphyria. Dependence is a common feeling associated with love as many people find that they need them to fill holes inside of them. Porphyria is obviously of a higher rank in society by her use of the words "pride and vanity." This "rank" gives her obvious power. Porphyria's power is stopped when she tells him why she came: "Murmuring how she loved me-she Too weak, for all her heart's endeavour To set it's struggling passion free From pride, and vainer ties dissever, And give herself to me forever."

    • Word count: 945
  22. Porphyria’s lover and My last duchess by Robert Browning

    Even his wife was no exception. The duke considers himself above the law and at his level there is only his law. The duke also speaks in rhyming caplets as well as dramatic monologue. In Porphyria's lover we are looking at a man who has wild emotions and feelings towards Porphyria. He talks about his feelings just before he kills her. He says how much he loves her and wants her to be only his forever. He doesn't want to allow destiny to take her somewhere else in life.

    • Word count: 648
  23. How do Brownings poems - Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess - tell us about the position of women in previous centuries? Was this a reflection of Browning's personal view?

    Browning is writing from the Dukes viewpoint and we have to remember that not only was the Duke three/four hundred years prior Brownings time, he would have also been brought up in a family where it was socially acceptable to discard wives as possessions and even to have had them killed if they did not satisfy their wants. This, in itself, is an injustice towards women, making it seem as though they are there merely for men's sake only and are second class citizens - ranking far from males.

    • Word count: 690
  24. Comparing Browning's "Porphyrias Lover" and "My Last Duchess".

    The lover's act of violence thus casts it shadow on all those other less-dramatic acts of domination and appropriation that manage to pass unnoticed under the cover of rational male behavior. The themes in both poems are clear, in my last duchess the subject and main attraction is the painting and its beauty, although in porphyria?s lover the subject is either porphyria as her name is the one mentioned but the title of the poem provides and expresses a rather contrary view.

    • Word count: 826

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