In describing Porphyria as “little” before the crime and “as a shut [flower] bud” after it, the sin is further compounded. Thus, the monologue form is essential in both explaining and dramatising the actions of Browning’s narrators. In using the monologue form so frequently, Browning develops an intimate relationship with his readers through the narrators. The reader acts as ‘confidant’ to the narrators’ crimes, and as witness to their frailties. Further, the action is dramatised by the monologues’ ability to draw out the poems’ most crucial moments.
Porphyria’s Lover By Robert Browning “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning is a poem, which deals with the subject of love. However, unlike most of his Victorian contemporaries, Browning wished to challenge the perceptions of his readers, in this case having the speaker of poem driven increasingly mad by his obsessive love for Porphyria. The reader witnesses the speaker’s obsession growing throughout the poem, from sitting in the cold and dark awaiting Porphyria’s arrival, his manipulative behavior towards her, his desire for more than love from her and his eventual need to possess her. Browning’s skillful use of word choice and imagery throughout the monologue encourages the reader to consider some of the darker consequences of an obsessive love. The scene is set in the first four lines of the poem.
Browning's work is known to be an example of dramatic monologue, with this being the way in which he is able to portray the insanity of his characters. By using the technique of dramatic monologue in 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess', the reader is immediately given an image of both of the narrators' subjects. The opening line is vital to any poem, as it has the potential to instantly interest the reader. "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall" begins 'My Last Duchess' halfway through the conversation, leaving the audience eager to determine to whom the speaker is talking to. This statement also hints that the story of his "last duchess" will follow, thus sustaining the interest of the audience.
When he finally takes action, it isn’t a loving touch. Second, “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” are works of ... ... middle of paper ... ...re is the possibility of him hating her and wanting a new wife who wasn’t too adoring and obsessive. In conclusion, the similarity of reasons for their actions, ways of dealing with their lovers, and the difference of the two men are comparison and contrasts of the two poems. Robert Browning had a motive to writing these poems; it could be a possibility of writing to his own lover or mocking the ways of most men. The anger and jealousy of one and the lunacy of another.
In My Last Duchess a man is talking to the painting of his wife, and describing how their love went cold. Porphyria’s Lover is about a couple who works in an odd way, but ends even worse. Through careful analysis of Robert Browning’s two dramatic monologues, the similarities of them include mental instability within the speaker along with strange love that is portrayed but they differ by the extremity of their actions. First of all, both of Browning’s texts incorporate the idea of mental instability through the speakers. The famous quote is stated as: “Love is mad.” For the two texts presented, that definitely applies.
However, these quotes support the importance of emotion within poetry, but what about the importance of emotion within the poet? Throughout this essay, Lord Byron will be the main poet of focus, as his notorious lifestyle suggests that true emotion may have been his weakness. His poems 'Fare Thee Well!' (composed 18 March 1816: From Poems (1816)) and 'When we two parted' (composed August or September 1815: From Poems (1816)) will also be the primary focus, as they represent two negative influences which happened in Byron's life that would have produced an emotional response. When first approaching Byron's poetry, the reader would find it difficult not to judge the poem without putting it in the context of his famous reputation.
Comparison of How John Donne and Andrew Marvell Present Death in Poems To His Coy Mistress and Holy Sonnet X In the poems To His Coy Mistress and Holy Sonnet X the idea of death plays a strong part in the overall messages of the poems. Both poets use effective but very different methods in order to put forward their views and/or to make a point about society. ====================================================================== John Donne's poem Holy Sonnet X is very unique Donne uses two main poetic elements: tone and figurative language. The confident and defiant tone adds to the speakers triumphant mastery death from a natural occurrence into a human adversary, capable of being overthrown. These elements all combine to enhance the theme of the poem.
These poems written by Maya Angelou both portray love in a very different way. The detrimental effects of love are shown in ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ and the empowering effects of love are shown in ‘Where We Belong, A Duet’. ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ shows that Love and relationships is what causes the struggle for identity as in the other poem being in love and in a relationship allows the persona to find their true identity. The poem ‘A kind of love some say’ is one of Maya's more emotional poems. The reader gets the feeling that the poet is discussing the pain that comes from an abusive relationship, both physically and mentally.
This goes back to the discussion of him speaking from another location as Dante did. Reflecting on the poem as whole made Eliot’s usage of the epigraph passage by Dante logical and fitting. Eliot’s experiences help him to be able to write, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, in which he infers personal feelings into his disturbed shadow known as Prufrock. The relation to the epigraph in the poem is not only suitable, but it elaborates on how an uneasy and hesitant character such as Prufrock is able to relate what he is trying to articulate in a poem without being present in the scenery. This gives Eliot the advantage of writing in first person.
There is a beautiful marriage between technique and meaning in poetry. If one can fully probe the configuration of poetry; one will see this marriage. Their mind will be seduced by the words, their heart ensnares by its gist, and finally by way of the poem literary devices can be captured involuntarily. A great model of the essence of this relationship is the classic poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. In this poem, the author approaches the universal despair of dreams being deferred and underlines the fallouts of it.