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Compare And Contrast My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover

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Dramatic Monologue Imagine a single spotlight focus solely on you as you say exactly what you feel. Everybody wants to get their point of view heard. One of the most effective ways for an individual to solely get their point across is a dramatic monologue. A dramatic monologue is a type of poetry written in the form of a speech of an individual character. Dramatic monologue can also be known as a persona poem. Robert Browning was known for his dramatic monologues. “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” are two well-known poems by him. From these two poems I am going to compare the theme, use of imagery, and tone. The theme of “My Last Duchess” is power, it is based on the Duke’s political and social power applied by the speaker. In this …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a dramatic monologue is an effective way for an individual to get their point of view heard. the theme, use of imagery, and tone are compared.
  • Analyzes how the theme of "my last duchess" is power, based on the duke's political and social power applied by the speaker.
  • Analyzes how the theme of "porphyria's lover" is also power. the speaker turns around and reverses everything.
  • Analyzes how the imagery in "my last duchess" leaves a memorable effect based on words. robert browning allows the duke to express his image of his wife through his dialogue.
  • Analyzes how the imagery in "porphyria's lover" is descriptive. the speaker starts out describing the storm outside with adjectives that make it appear the weather is a person.
  • Analyzes how the tone in "my last duchess" is arrogant and ignorant simply because it's the voice of a self-centered and oblivious man.
  • Analyzes how the smooth tone of the speaker in "porphyria's lover" makes the poem more effective because it gives the reader a sense that he didn't kill her out of anger.
  • Analyzes how robert browning's "my last duchess" and "porphyria’s lover" dealt with the love of a woman. both poems displayed dramatic monologues.

The speaker in the poem starts out describing the storm outside with adjectives that make it appear the weather is a person. “the sullen wind was soon awake.” (Porphyria’s Lover). Most of the poem takes place with Porphyria and her lover was cuddling by the fire. “she put her arm about her waist” (Porphyria’s Lover) in this line Porphyria is the active one and he just sits there and lets her rearrange him. Once he kills her there positions switch. “I propped her head up as before, only this time my shoulder bore” (Porphyria’s Lover) now he is the active one and she is laying limp. The most memorable image in the poem is Porphyria’s yellow-blonde hair that the speakers refers to often. “and all her yellow hair displaced” (Porphyria’s Lover) this was the first time the speaker gave us the color of her hair. The speaker then continue to references everything back to her yellow hair all throughout the poem. In conclusion the same yellow hair is what is used to strangle …show more content…

In “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” both deal with the love of a woman. The theme for both is power and how the speaker in both want to be in control over the woman. The imagery in “My Last Duchess” is based off what the Duke’s feel and what he shares with the servant. The imagery in “Porphyria’s Lover” is based on Porphyria’s. The tone in “My Last Duchess” is arrogant and ignorant because the Duke think so much of himself and foolishly shares all his flaws. The tone in Porphyria’s Lover” is rational the speaker makes sense of the murder of a woman he loves so much. Both poems displayed dramatic

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