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  1. Compare and contrast Robert Browning's dramatic monologues 'My Last Duchess and 'Porphyria's Lover', by examining the way that the characters speaking in each poem are revealed

    Browning explioted the ancient curiosity in the dignity of man and his perfection through his poetry by showing flaws, placing fiction above reality and revealing the unknown intentions of two extreme examples of the male quest for power. In 'Porphyria's Lover,' Browning shows the lengths that people can go to, to prolong something that is dear to them, and in effect stop the pressures that time and society can bear; taking a hold and having lasting effect on someone's life.

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  2. How do the poems "Havisham", "The Sisters" and "Porphyria's Lover" present the theme of madness?

    This would make confirm anyone's beliefs that she is mad, as anyone who can talk about how much they feel shattered and live like it's the end of the world, and still think people believe she is strong have completely lost their mind. She feels completely trapped and is nervous wreck. Havisham shows madness in many ways, firstly by the use of tautology which creates a rambling effect 'full length, her, myself, who did this to me'. The pace picks up at these points, which reinforces the rambling.

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  3. The four poems I have chosen are Hitcher, Education for Leisure, The man he killed and my last Duchess

    Hitcher is a dramatic monologue, as it is an imaginary person talking and not the poet. The character feels very trapped and oppressed at work "I'd been tired, under the weather, but the anasaphone kept screaming: One more sick-note, mister, and you're finished. Fired." This implies that he has had enough, and that he feels value less. The pressure of work has got to him and he is unable to cope with it any more. His boss (indicated by italics)

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  4. How does Browning present the idea of love in 'The Laboratory' and 'My Last Duchess'?

    Both poem were published at a similar time but are set in very different periods and cultures. This shows Browning's intelligence but also strengthens the idea that these themes of love, hate and jealousy are timeless. Browning's different choice of periods may give us an indication of how different the changes were in Victorian Britain and how even the well educated such as Browning found it tough to cope and were hesitant of the changes and developments around them or that they didn't find the changes in their society entirely pleasing. 'The Laboratory' and 'My Last Duchess' both feature people who are killing to suit their own needs.

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  5. Comparing the way two different authors portray love and saying which one was the most effective and why.

    This can be seen in lines 11-13- " Withdrew the dripping clock and shawl, And laid her soiled gloves by, untied her hat and let the damp hair fall." It also tells the reader that the lover is watching her and he in impassive. Browning intended to shock his audience and this poem is also a narrative of a s****l love. A poem that I will be comparing with the ones Robert Browning has written is "Ballad." An anonymous person has written this poem in pre-1914.

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  6. Compare and contrast the presentation of the diseased mind in 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning and 'Too Bad' written by Carol Ann Duffy

    In 'Porphyria's Lover' we could suggest that it's a crime of passion. Whereas, 'Too Bad' conveys that the assassin has planned and knows about the killing. This is murder! In 'Too Bad' we can depict that by using the image, "rain" suggests a dark, cold, depressing mood. Browning elaborates the build up of anger in the line, "the sullen wind was soon awake" within the personification the line intensifies his sulky, sad mood. However the words, "wind was soon awake" develops a notion of fury in his mind as he waits for her.

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  7. 'How effective an evocation of menace are the dramatic monologues 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover? ' - Pre twentieth century poetry.

    (Lines 2-4). The pride of the Duke furthers at the beginning of the poem when he talks of the 'depth and passion of that earnest glance', attempting to convey just how good the painting is, and in turn conveys to the audience his pride. This pride ties in which another character trait of the Duke prevalent in the poem, possessiveness. The fact that the Duke keeps the portrait behind close curtains and deems it a privilege to view illustrates the possessiveness and greed of the Duke: '...But to myself they turned, since none puts by The curtain I have drawn for you, but I'.

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  8. Compare and contrast the presentation of the diseased mind in 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning and 'Too Bad' written by Carol Ann Duffy

    It also associates to the cold, calculating, and depressive personality of the assassin. Browning uses the language, "vex" this portrays a strong image of anger. Duffy conveys, "with our heads down" depicts that they don't want to be seen as on a mission to kill. We could suppose that the assassin has a diseased mind, as he knows he's going to commit this murder, "we had a job to do". This shows that the assassin is doing it for the money.

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  9. Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning - an Analysis and exploration of the poem and the issues it raises.

    Porphyria's Lover is natural in its language; it does not display the colloquialisms or dialectical markers of some of some poems. Moreover, while the cadence of the poem mimics natural speech, it actually takes the form of highly patterned verse, rhyming ABABB. The intensity and asymmetry of the pattern suggests the madness concealed within the speaker's reasoned self-presentation. This poem is a dramatic monologue--a fictional speech presented as the musings of a speaker who is separate from the poet. Browning wrote many other dramatic monologues, many famous, this one captures a moment after a main event or action.

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