Essay about A Comparison of My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover

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"My Last Duchess" is a poem about an arrogant and extremely powerful
Duke who is describing his deceased Duchess. From the word "last" in the title it is implied that the duke has had more than one duchess.
In this poem, the Duke is extremely egotistic. He says, "I choose never to stoop." The duchess would look at everyone in the world as being equal no matter what class they are. The duke however cannot do this. He is too worried about his appearance.

"Porphyria's Lover" is a poem in which a man describes an evening in which his lover, Porphyria, visits him and he unexpectedly murders her. In this it is unlike "My Last Duchess" because Porphyria
'worships' her lover unlike the Duke

From the title "My Last Duchess", we …show more content…

In addition, here the use of enjambment is effective because it gives the reader the image of the yellow hair being wrapped around Porphyria's neck

The rhythm in this poem is consistent give a relaxed atmosphere in the poem. This is effective because it makes the Duke revealing he had his wife murdered more shocking. Browning jars the rhythm in the poem where the duke reveals he had his wife killed.

Browning also uses an effective rhyming scheme. He uses rhyming couplets to make the poem flow easily. For examplein "My Last Duchess" he writes, "Frà Pandolf's hands/ Worked busily a day, and there she stands". The regular rhyme in "Porphyria's Lover" gives the poem a relaxed rhyme but off rhymes give a shocking effect at the point where the lover murders Porphyria

Browning use enjambment effectively in both poems. More so in
"Porphyria's Lover". The lines do not employ end-stops; sentences and other grammatical units do not necessarily conclude at the end of lines. This happens more so in "Porphyria's Lover". The lover describes
Porphyria removing her wet hat, "untied/ Her hat and let the damp hair fall". The use of enjambment here gives the image of her long blonde hair falling from beneath her hat. This is effective because it gives the reader the image of her hair moving out of position.

Browning uses language very effectively in these poems.

In "My Last Duchess" Browning use diminutive language to describe the

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