Analysis Of The Poem ' Porphyria 's Lover ' By Robert Browning

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With so much poetry coming out of Britain it can be hard for any of it to stand out from the rest, but “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning and “A Poison Tree” by William Blake manage to stand out from other poems. These two poems differ in structure, writing style, and voice but both have something that sticks them out from the rest; murderers without a moral compass. While murder isn’t new to poetry it is rare to find it as nonchalant as it is in these two poems. These killers were not killing just because they hated their victims; they were killing because they could and the fact that a life was ended meant nothing to them. This is why these poems stick out from the rest. The poem “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning tells the story of two lovers who were not supposed to be and ends in the death of one of the lovers. The poem starts with a stormy night and Porphyria, one of the two lovers, visits her lover in a small cottage. We are given the image of her lover being angry with her by the way he ignores her. She tries to seduce him by making “her smooth white shoulder bare” (Browning 17) and pulling her lovers head against her. Porphyria admitted that although she loved him she was too weak to give herself completely to him. She claims she thought about him at her dinner feast which could mean that the reason they couldn’t be together was because of class differences. While she told him what went through her mind he looked at her eyes and claimed that he realized
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