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Porphyria's Lover Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Browning Type: Poetry Views: 7016

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1834The rain set early in tonight,The sullen wind was soon awake,It tore the elm-tops down for spite,And did its worst to vex the lake:I listened with heart fit to break.When glided in Porphyria; straightShe shut the cold out and the storm,And kneeled and made the cheerless grateBlaze up, and all the cottage warm;Which done, she rose, and from her formWithdrew the dripping cloak and shawl,And laid her soiled gloves by, untiedHer hat and let the damp hair fall,And, last, she sat down by my sideAnd called me. When no voice replied,She put my arm about her waist,And made her smooth white shoulder bare,And all her yellow hair displaced,And, stooping, made my cheek lie there,And spread, o'er all, her yellow hair,Murmuring how she loved me--sheToo weak, for all her heart's endeavor,To set its struggling passion freeFrom pride, and vainer ties dissever,And give herself to me forever.But passion sometimes would prevail,Nor could tonight's gay feast restrainA sudden thought of one so paleFor love of her, and all in vain:So, she was come through wind and rain.Be sure I looked up at her eyesHappy and proud; at last I knewPorphyria worshiped me: surpriseMade my heart swell, and still it grewWhile I debated what to do.That moment she was mine, mine, fair,Perfectly pure and good: I foundA thing to do, and all her hairIn one long yellow string I woundThree times her little throat around,And strangled her. No pain felt she;I am quite sure she felt no pain.As a shut bud that holds a bee,I warily oped her lids: againLaughed the blue eyes without a stain.And I untightened next the tressAbout her neck; her cheek once moreBlushed bright beneath my burning kiss:I propped her head up as beforeOnly, this time my shoulder boreHer head, which droops upon it still:The smiling rosy little head,So glad it has its utmost will,That all it scorned at once is fled,And I, its love, am gained instead!Porphyria's love: she guessed not howHer darling one wish would be heard.And thus we sit together now,And all night long we have not stirred,And yet God has not said a word!





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i killed my dog by strangling it with my own hair, it was called porphyria

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- -out of his manic yet provoking dangerous actions just because of that LOVE, i still came up to conclude that there is something wrong with the wirings of his brain because it doesn\'t mean that when she/he loves a person, she/he can do anything she/he want to satisfy herself/himself.. unless when she/he has a defect, psychologically
-Psychologist

| Posted on 2012-05-02 | by a guest


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This poem reminds me of the love I have for Aaron,Harry and Tom. Hannah Jeffery

| Posted on 2012-02-07 | by a guest


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I killed my cat because she was also called porphyria.... with sponges, by chloe riggs

| Posted on 2012-02-07 | by a guest


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This poem starts off by telling us about the terrible weather conditions outside, which are in fact the mood of the narrator before Porphyria enters. She lights up the mood with her presence. The narrator tells us that she is married to a much richer man, \" To set its struggling passions free From Pride, vainer ties dissever, And give herself to me for ever.\"
The narrator is so convinced that she loves him that he then goes ahead to kill her, so that she can die in his arms.
He then goes on to convince the reader and himself that she is fine. This is an unreliable narrative. \"I propp\'d her head up as before, Only, this time my shoulder bore.\" He believes that she is resting on his shoulder, but she has a broken neck and can therefore cannot hold her head up. The narrator continues to convince you and himself that all is fine.
He even claims that what he did was right in the eyes of God. \"And yet God has not said a word!\"
The poem starts out as romantic but then takes up a dark tone after Porphyria\'s killed.
This is represented in the change in structure of the poem.
The narrator is psychotic, all of this may not have happened. This could just be another fantasy in the mind of psycho.
This a very interesting Victorian poem by Robert Browning
By a 13 year old boy :)

| Posted on 2011-05-30 | by a guest


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“Porphyria’s Lover” is a Poem by Robert Browning that tells of a woman’s affair with a man who is jealous and passionate to have her as his own. After coming in on a stormy night, the Porphyria cuddles with the speaker, who soon after strangles her without hesitation since he is reassured that all is forgiven since it was done for love. The odd ABABB rhyme scheme helps sets a dark tone on a passionate subject of love. In fact, it should be noted that there is one line more that is rhymed causing the odd orientation, suggesting an unbalance, which might be felt by the speaker. Upon her arrival, she is shown to desire and love the speaker even trying to seduce him by allowing “her smooth white shoulder bare”. This and his angry stoic attitude help the speaker conclude her heart desires to be with him forever despite the implied husband as the third wheel. Because of the strong love, his murder is “pure and good” to the extent that God has not intervened.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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To me Porphyria\'s lover is a poem that shows us what love can do to a person. Browning gives us an extremely strong portrayal of manic and obsessive love which is probably why this particular poem obtained so much publicity during the Victorian era.

| Posted on 2010-09-03 | by a guest


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Browning takes on a rather fearful and ominous tone as it portrays the manic, obsessive, psychotic and even murderous love which affect the lover in this shocking poem. The poems themes of sex, violence, and madness were of particular interest to Victorian readers, who were much more accustomed to all things immoral. Browning overturns normal expectations of such stories by presenting the sex between Porphyria and her lover as natural, making the reader consider the relationship between sex and violence, and getting a real insight into the lovers madness.

| Posted on 2004-11-17 | by Approved Guest




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