Comparing My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning

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Comparing My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning

These poems by Robert Browning were written in the Victorian era. The Victorians from the outlook seemed to live on high standards and rules, but underneath they craved for scandal and gossip. Robert Browning gave this to them through his poems. They were filled with adultery, passion, sexual tension and murder. =====================================================================

'Porphyria's Lover' starts off with pathetic falacy which reflects the narrators mood, he does this by using personification which also sets the scene. "Sullen wind was soon awake," "Did it's worst to vex the lake" Although outside the weather is
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In a moment of desperation he kills her. "In one long yellow string I wound three times her little throat around and strangled her". Now no one else can have her. He positions her as she was before only now he is in control of her. " I propped her head up as before, only, this time my shoulder bore her head. "He sits with her for the rest of the night and has come to the conclusion that he has done the right thing. "And all night long we have not stirred, and yet God has not said a word. "

We learn about the Duke in 'My Last Duchess' by what he says and how he says it. Through him, we also learn about his wife, the last Duchess. We work out something of how their relationship stood, what his expectations were, how she responded, etc. we learn a great deal about his character by hearing how he thought and felt about her. The Duke is manipulative, filled with family pride. "My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name. Similarly to Porphyria's lover - a feeling of ownership over even the memory of his deceased wife. "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall." We even get the impression that he might have murdered her - perhaps when "all smiles stopped altogether"? Ultimately, we see what money and power can buy - not
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