Essay on A Comparison Between My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover

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A Comparison Between My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover
Works Cited Missing Robert Browning was one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century and is still considered one of the major poets of the Victorian era. He was born in 1812 and married the privately educated poet, Elizabeth Browning, in 1846. They eloped to Florence, Italy, where his wife gave birth to their son, but after the death of Elizabeth, Robert moved back to London and it was here that he died in 1889.

Two of his most famous poems: 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' were published in 1842 as part of the
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This leads him to hide it behind a curtain. 'The depth of passion in that earnest glance, / But to myself they turned (since none puts by / The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)' He acts like he still owns her in a way we would own an object.

Similarly in 'Porphyria's Lover' the character who becomes the voice of the poem, assumed by Browning, talks as if Porphyria is still alive: 'And thus we sit together now.' The way in which they talk about their dead companions is quite disturbing, but shows that both couples will be together for eternity. However the Duke is quite happily moving on, and is quickly targeting the next girl for his 'collection'; the count's daughter. Porphyria's lover has killed her for love in the purest form and wants it to be everlasting.

In 'Porphyria's Lover' the dark evening creates a foreboding atmosphere. 'The rain set early in tonight.' The opening imagery foreshadows events to come and we are told that Porphyria 'shut out the cold and the storm' and made the 'cottage warm'. She metaphorically and literally brings warmth to his life; without her it is cold.

In contrast 'My Last Duchess' uses little imagery but it based on a conversation with the Count's advisor. However the artist who painted the picture (Fra
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