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  1. Compare the ways in which the poems present murderous relationships and their consequences In the two poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover', Robert Browning

    as perfect if she was dead, and he becomes even more obsessed with her as he slowly kills her by strangling her with her hair. In the other poem, 'My Last Duchess', the Duke is talking about his Duchess who he had killed, and during the poem, he explains to the reader about his point of view towards her after showing the painting off. The Duke in this poem is obsessed with power, and probably with himself too. He was in fear of his power being taken from him because his last Duchess was so changeling towards him; even though she didn't realise it.

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  2. I will compare the characters in the four poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My last Duchess. Havisham is by Carol Ann Duffy, Kid is by Simon Armitage and My last Duchess and The Laboratory are both by Robert Browning

    In the poem, he puts across that he has no life of his own. We already know, from books and films, that they are two partners that have always seemed inseparable, and we know that batman is the one who is superior to Robin and who has more authority. Robin is inferior to batman and is always around observing Batman do his duty and appears to have no role of his own. He talks about how Batman is seen as such a hero and a star, in the first line he says "batman, bigshot," he feels that he is just a sidekick that is nothing special.

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  3. A study of "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning

    The regular use of colour creates visual images in the poem, with words such as 'yellow' being used to describe Porphyria's hair, and 'white' to describe her skin colour. As she sits down, she places her lover's arm around her waist and stoops to make him rest his cheek on her shoulder, ensuring that she is in complete control of the situation. Porphyria's love and affection is emphasised by the sentence, "Murmuring how she loved me", with the softer sounds in this sentence adding a calmer more romantic mood to the poem.

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  4. Comparing 'My Last Duchess' & 'Porphyria's Lover'Poetry Coursework

    It is Porphyria's presence that lights up his life. It is she who murmurs 'how she loved me' in other words Porphyria appears to be the active partner. It is Porphyria who is making the choices. He sees himself when meeting with Porphyria as silent and passive. 'When no voice replied she put my arm about her waist', which suggests that she is controlling his actions. It is also relevant that we know this protagonist as Porphyria's lover he does not even have his own name.

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  5. How does Browning in Porphyria's lover and Laboratory convey the workings of a diseased mind

    However in Porphyria, the atmosphere is at a stormy location where the weather describes the lover's mood "anger". "Sullen wind soon awake" suggests how the wind is strong, fierce like a person who is angry. Browning cleverly uses pathetic fallacy and personification to convey the lover's mood through the weather. In "The Laboratory" the jealousy from the diseased mind is developing as the person is appearing paranoid by the repetition of "they" which could suggest that the protagonist is mentally unstable and insane as you could imagine an insane person talking like that.

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  6. I am going to analyse two poems: "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory." I will be explaining the outline of the poem, how the characters are presented and some comparisons between the two poems.

    This means that "I" is used throughout the poem. His style of poetry is called "Dramatic Monologue." The poems I will be talking about are both Dramatic Monologues meaning they are long speeches with some sort of a drama in it. I am going to analyse two poems: "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory." I will be explaining the outline of the poem, how the characters are presented and some comparisons between the two poems. "Porphyria's Lover" This poem is about a man who is deeply in love with a woman. However, she does not live with the man, but she has a different life to him.

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  7. Robert Browning is described as 'a love poet who was acutely aware of how women and men can be separated by jealousy or the passing of time'. In studying his poetry, what did you notice about the relationships he explores?

    I will be studying five of Browning's poems including: My Last Duchess, a dramatic monologue in which the Duke speaks to an imaginary listener about a painting of his last duchess. Porphyria's Love, another dramatic monologue where Porphyria's lover speaks to himself about his Love surrounded by anxiety for Porphyria and how he overcomes it. Meeting at Night, which dramatizes the excitement and intensity of passion, the feeling of tense anticipation as the poet travels to meet his lover. However, Parting at Morning (the follow-on to Meeting at Night, except the woman/his lover speaks)

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  8. How does Browning Illustrate the Relationships he portrays in 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'

    He then goes on to show other valuable possessions he owns. The whole poem consists of just one stanza, and its rhyming pattern is written in couplets. The poem shows that the duke is just as possessive of his dead wife now as he was when she was alive. 'since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I.' This line shows that only he is allowed to view the painting when he desires, and no one other than himself may look upon it unless stipulated by the duke.

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  9. "Stealing" by Carol Ann Duffy and "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning, will be compared and contrasted on the ways that the poets reveal their narrator's personalities

    In "Porphyria's Lover", the narrator has a "mate" but becomes over obsessed by the fact that at that moment when she is sitting by his side, Porphyria was his and he wanted to keep it that way forever instead of her going back to her husband. He becomes so transfixed by this that he decides to kill her, to keep the situation in that state, and is completely in denial about the fact that she was in pain: "That moment she was mine, mine, fair....

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  10. Using style and form, how do the Brownings evoke reader sympathy and moral judgement in their poems "Porphyria's Lover" and "Lord Walter's Wife"?

    After he tells her he "has promised another" she claims "Why that... Is no reason, Love's always free I am told". Even so the reader is convinced that she has been hard done by and forgets her initial actions similar to a "harlot". From the start, both poems show who is most significant in the poems and who will gain most reader sympathy. The title "Lord Walter's wife" indicates that the wife is a possession, hence the apostrophe of possession, and not significant on her own but only as a part of her husband.

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  11. "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning - Magistrate Confession Letter

    I asked these questions over and over again and came to a conclusion that I'm not convinced. I did the right thing. What I did to my Porphyria was not a murder but answering our wishes. I am not guilty and I am proud of myself giving Porphyria eternal beauty and love. I woke up with Porphyria, laughed with Porphyria and lived with Porphyria. Every aspect of my life included some part of her. Wherever I went, she was always with me. Her eyes were looking down to me from the sky and her body brought warmth to my bed when she slept with me. Porphyria kept me reasonable and calm. We loved each other that night.

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  12. Discuss the ways in which Browning creates a sense of MALEVOLENCE in 'The Laboratory' & 'Porphyria's Lover'

    The rhyming pattern in 'Porphyria's Lover' is ABABB and the way in which it rhymes creates a sense of mysterious and subdued atmosphere and this helps to create a sense of malevolence and you can feel that something evil is going to happen. The 5 lines leading up to her been killed, "Be sure I look'd up at her eyes Happy and proud; at last I knew Porphyria worshipp'd me; surprise Made my heart swell, and still it grew While I debated what to do" This can be used as evidence to show that he was debating what to do and this shows to us that we know that even if it is not death something is going to happen.

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  13. To compare the attitudes shown in "The Man He Killed" By Tomas Hardy and in "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning

    His guilt is evident because he is questioning his actions; this is reinforced by the repetition of the word 'foe'. Also the use of the words 'That's clear enough...' where he is trying to reassure himself, about his actions. My Last Duchess The duke does not feel guilty for his actions; this is evident when he says; "I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together." His lack of guilt is evident because he is giving commands to someone to kill his wife; and he is not showing any regret or sadness.

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  14. the madness and wickedness in each poem. This essay will include three of Robert Browning's poems; they are Porphyria's Lover, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory.

    Browning wrote during the romantic era in the nineteenth century. In this era romantic poets such as Robert Browning wrote about dramatic events in unusual ways, using different ideas and forms. All of Browning's poems are dramatic monologues; he was the first poet to use this form effectively. Robert Browning is most famous for the development of the dramatic monologue, for his psychological insight and for his forceful, colloquial poetic style used in his poems. The first poem I am going to look at is Porphyria's Lover. The two characters in the poem are Porphyria and her lover.

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  15. 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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  16. Compare and contrast Porphyrias lover and My last Duchess

    Possession is very important in both relationships, in "My Last Duchess" the Duke owns the duchess "that's my last duchess" it is his "my" that shows, he sees the Duchess as a piece of art not a person. The Dukes love is materialistic, he thinks that she is only good for looking good, like a piece of art. The duke has curtains on the portrait of her "The curtain I have drawn for you, but I" he is the only person who can look at her when he pleases, he chooses who can look at her. He is in control.

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  17. By comparing the two poems 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess', explore how Browning deals worth the theme of jealousy.

    'For love of her and all in vain: So, she was come through wind and rain. Be sure I look'd up at her eyes Happy and proud; at last I knew Porphyria worshipp'd me surprise Made my heart swell, and still it grew'. Because of this strong bond between the two characters, there is evidence in the poem that Porphyria's lover could not handle the thought of them not being together, and for this reason the lover murders Porphyria in a moment of passion. The reader can notice the male protagonist's feelings in lines 36-42. 'That moment she was mine, mine, fair, perfectly pure and good: I found a thing to do'.

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  18. "Porphyria's Lover" and "The Laboratory"

    Browning cleverly set's the scene by using strong word such as "sullen", "tore" and "vex". Already we can see that this man, the lover, desperately craves the love of Porphyria, and leads us to question why he is so angry and what happened previous to this as to make him so angry. But enters Porphyria gliding as though the world stops, the way she moves is almost serene as well as graceful. All these actions seem to be building up to something, as though trouble lurks in every corner.

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  19. Critical appreciation of Robert Browning poems.

    - usually about an important topic. The purpose of the most dramatic monologues is to provide the reader with and overall intimate view of the characters personality. A great poet can use punctuation and rhyme to make the poem appear as if it was an actual conversation. One of Robert Browning's best piece of work was published in 1842. It was called 'My Last Duchess'. My Last Duchess is portrayed as a jealous arrogant man who is very controlling over his wife.

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  20. "Hitcher"By Simon Armitage, "Education For Leisure" By Carol Anne Duffy,"My Last Duchess" and "The Lab" by Robert Browning are allpoems that deal with violence or the prospect of violence.

    Both poets aim to show us that people are unpredictable and innocent people often fall victim to anger that has gone too far. Both of the poems are arranged in stanzas, "Hitcher" contains some full and half rhyme to keep the poem moving but "Education for Leisure" is in free verse with short abrupt lines showing the characters irrational mind. Both authors choose to write in the style of a dramatic monologue as this is an effective way of portraying the poetic voices, thought and feelings.

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  21. In some poems the poets write about their feelings towards people. Compare 3 poems in this collection: the Laboratory, Havisham and My last Duchess

    In My Last Duchess it is about a man talking about his last duchess and what she did wrong and that the end result was murder. Havisham is about a lady who has gone mad over a love she once had who she was engaged to but at the last moment broke off their wedding and she never moves on from that day.

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  22. In the Victorian age Robert Browning had a talent for creating poems. He writes a number of poems but two in particular 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' these are the two poems I will be comparing in my essay.

    My Last Duchess is about a duke who wants to marry the Count's daughter. The Count does not know the duke very much this is why he sends his servant round to visit the Duke and his property. When the poem starts the servant is already at the Duke's house. The Duke very kindly welcomes the servant into his house. He starts off by showing the servant a picture of his previous wife. The Duke then asked 'Will't please you sit and look at her?'

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  23. Compare the two poems 'Porphyria's lover' and 'my last duchess' by Robert Browning. In what way do they form part of a literary tradition?

    other poetic devices used are rhetoric device which is used when in 'my last duchess' the duke is trying to persuade the ambassador that he is a decent person and in 'Porphyria's lover' he is persuading himself that he should kill her so that he can be with her for ever because he loved her so much; crime for passion, 'A sudden thought of one so pale For love of her, and all in vain'. Also in the poems the narrator likes to control 'That moment she was mine, mine' and in 'my last duchess' the narrator says 'I gave

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  24. Demonstrate what the dramatic monologue form allows Robert Browning to achieve in his poetry

    The Duke's requirements of his wife seem unreasonable, exposing an aspect of instability within his supposedly impeachable character. He complains that "'t was not/ Her husband's presence only, called that spot/ Of joy into the Duchess' cheek," appearing to imply that his wife's happiness should only be induced by him. Browning immediately makes this attitude appear ridiculous by demonstrating the Duke's bullish approach to the painter of his wife's image. The Duke condemns the "earnest glance" required by the painter's profession in exaggerating its "depth and passion."

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  25. Porphyria's Lover...The morning after.

    Now my brother�s wife belonged to me and only me. I had possession of his wife�s soul. I cherished the fact that it was I who had the final encounter with Porphyria. It was I who had the last kiss. And it was I who was the last person that the young enchantress declared her love to. I then thought about my pathetic brother, sitting alone in his mansion, while his wife lay at peace with me. I went up to the bar and poured myself a drink of scotch. I then walked back over to the beautiful girl and sat down next to her.

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