Analysis Of The Poem ' Porphyria 's Lover '

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Love can purely take an over a man, and drive him crazy. Robert Browning, demonstrates “Porphyria’s Lover" as a terrifying love story given from a lunatic 's point of view. It is the story of a man who is so obsessed with Porphyria that he decides to keep her for himself. In this poem however, we find that this poem is more than just about a lunatic, and his obsession, but rather find ourselves in the midst of a poem more depth. First, we can see how the role of nature can express the mood of the poem. We find that Browning uses many poetic devices such as imagery, meter and rhyme to give the poem that horrifying, “spine-chilling” feeling. Also how “Porphyria’s Lover” is interesting because of the importance of class and society during the Victorian era. Browning is known for his dramatic monologues, but in this poem, it’s the reader 's takes ability to make inferences as well as to analyze the speaker 's attitude towards Porphyria since he does not give any background information of himself or the women she is obsessed with, Porphyria. The Poem begins with a description of the weather, telling us that it is night, and the rain has just settled in. We know things are soon to change when the poem tells us that “the sullen wind was soon awake” (Browning 2), then tells us “it tore the elm-tops down for Spite” (3). the storm is being personified with such words as “sullen”, “awake” and “spite” that make it feel that the weather conscious and knows what it is doing. But the

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