Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Porphyria's Lover


The rain set early in to-night,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
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  • Christopher Gould (7/8/2013 4:11:00 PM)

    The characters in Browning like the Duke of Ferrara or The Pied Piper or this one, the lover of Porphyria seem to perform acts of madness to solve some unbearable personal problem.Shakespeares characters like Hamle or Lear go mad and Othello has a fit in his distress.The resolution in Shakespeare of his tragic figures is in their death.But Browning does not permit his main characters death; you are left with this madness and moral chaos, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Augusta Melbourne (9/19/2012 3:42:00 AM)

    I discovered Browning's well known for his dramatic monologues. I read it in class yesterday and because the way he describes the murder so explicitly was actually quite shocking. It was like the roles had flipped in some way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Baby Sweetgirl (3/2/2012 11:46:00 AM)

    we did this in class and i wrote a real long message about it but now its gone andcant b bovd 2 rite again (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Andrew Hoellering (12/9/2009 1:05:00 AM)

    The clear-cut narrative line of this atmospheric poem is presented in rhymed couplets.The ‘sullen wind’ at the start ‘which tore the elm tops down for spite’ introduces an ominous note, foreshadowing what is to come.
    Porphyria glides in like a ghost or figment of the imagination, warming the cottage with her presence. What follows has an air of inevitability. She loves the speaker, and is accommodating to his wishes in the extreme, and he takes advantage of this.
    Love is too easy, and only way he thinks to keep her as his forever is to strangle her with her own hair, which he does as a painless alternative to love making, merely as ‘a thing to do.’ Porphyria’s lover is also her killer.
    This makes the deed even more terrifying than a murder in cold blood, and reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s saying that we always kill the thing we love.In his closing lines, Browning implies that God is indifferent, even to murder. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Helen Gilshteyn (5/28/2007 12:26:00 AM)

    this author is palying with words and giving his poem a sense of love. in some extent it sounds that hero of this poem is psychologically distressed. he kills person who he loves and and then mirroring her behaviour towards him.
    this poem is full of enjambments and it has alternative rhyme. (Report) Reply

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