A Comparison of My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover
Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812 in Camberwell. The majority of
his education came from his father who worked as a bank clerk. In 1828
he enrolled at the university of London, but soon left as he found he
was happier learning at his own pace. Robert tried to become a
playwright as well as a poet but he was unsuccessful. In 1846 Robert
Browning married Elizabeth Barrett who was also a poet. He settled
down with her in Florence, but then moved to London when she died in
1861. It was then that he wrote some of his finest poetry.
Both 'Porphyrias Lover' and 'My Last Duchess' are written in single
stanza form but have a different rhyme scheme, 'My Last Duchess' is
written in heroic couplets making it sound more rhythmic and
methodical whereas 'Porphyrias lover' is written in the rhyme scheme:
A-B-A-B-B-A with eight syllables per line and 'My Last Duchess' has 10
syllables per line. Both poems are written as a monologue and from the
first person point of view this makes the poems more personal.
'Porphyrias Lover' begins with a romantic and seductive mood but turns
into a cold, calculated mood with little or no emotion showing through
"while I debated what to do". 'My Last Duchess' is quite formal which
in itself is chilling as the first person speaker calmly explains how
he has his wife killed when he discovers that he is not the only joy
in her life "Then all smiles stopped together".
'Porphyrias lover' is about a man who is completely obsessed with his
lover, called Porphyria. The man could never bear to see Porphyria
leave so in an attempt to preserve her and the moment with her, he
strangles her, "All her hair in one yellow string I wound three times
her little throat around and strangled her". The fact...