A Brief Note On Robert Browning 's Porphyria 's Lover And The Laboratory
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Contributory Factors to the Murders in Robert Browning’s “Porphyria’s Lover” and “The Laboratory.” The word ‘love’ possesses such complexity and magnitude that people commonly have a hard time defining it effectively without oversimplifying. Given the true intensity of feeling, jealousy is often said to be synonymous with being in love and the real impact love can have on a person can be unpredictable. Considering this, The Cambridge Dictionary defines a ‘crime of passion’ as a crime committed because of very strong emotional feelings, especially in connection with a sexual relationship. The poems “Porphyria’s Lover” and “The Laboratory” by Robert Browning, although significantly different, essentially share the theme of love and jealousy. In both poems, readers are introduced to the darker side of romance through male and female speakers so overwhelmed with emotion, they turn to murder as a means of expression. Using dramatic monologue, Browning brilliantly explores the profound effect love can have on its victims and the psychological elements leading to a crime of passion.
A dramatic monologue is defined as “a form of monodrama in which the speaker addresses an assumed listener or group of listeners” (Kennedy 72). Although Browning mastered this genre during the Victorian era, his poems were often “greeted with misunderstanding and indifference” (Simpson 1275). Along with his work featuring “grotesque rhymes” and “jaw breaking diction” (Simpson 1275), he was