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A Comparison Of Porphyria’s Lover And My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

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A Comparison of Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

The two poems ‘Porphyria’s lover’ and ‘my last duchess’ by Robert
Browning shows a dramatic monologue.

Dramatic monologue is a story that is told by one person; which means
you only get one point of view; in the two poems they are based on the
narrator’s crisis, his feelings and his way of thinking; and you have
to believe it because that is the only view your going to encounter.

In dramatic monologue because you only get one person telling the
story, you have to trust his judgements and criticisms and believe or
not believe what is being said. It is hard to trust what the narrator
says, because in ‘my last duchess’ his wife could of acted completely
different to how he was describing her, but you wouldn’t have known;
so we have to speculate about other issues we do not encounter and
also contemplate about controversies that can occur about only one
side being said.

Robert Browning makes the poems very similar in the way he uses poetic
devices like similes ‘As a shut bud that holds a bee’ which was used
in ‘Porphyria’s lover’ and in ‘my last duchess’ the use of simile is
used ‘Looking as if she was alive’; other poetic devices used are
rhetoric device which is used when in ‘my last duchess’ the duke is
trying to persuade the ambassador that he is a decent person and in
‘Porphyria’s lover’ he is persuading himself that he should kill her
so that he can be with her for ever because he loved her so much;
crime for passion, ‘A sudden thought of one so pale For love of her,
and all in vain’. Also in the poems the narrator likes to control
‘That moment she was mine, mine’ and in ‘my last duchess’ the narrator
says ‘I gave commands’ this showed he had complete control over his
wife, and he made it clear he did not like to me messed about. This
shows Browning’s fascination with control. In ‘my last duchess’ the
duke wants total control over his wife and for is wife to pay full
attention to him and cherish everything he gets her and he doesn’t
want her to pay any attention to any one else she knows or comes
across. This is in comparison with ‘Porphyria’s lover’ when the
narrator wanted the women to marry the narrator, but the women is in a
higher class than him socially and in heritage and he is not In a high
class, he just has a house and he is insanely in love with her; which
comes between them both from the perspective of a proper relationship.
She didn’t want to get disowned by her parents because she likes the
life she leads ‘Nor could to-night’s gay feast restrain’ which shows
she goes to dinners and how she gets money, presents and everything
she wants and she would loose that if she married him. This did not
break their love for each other in her eyes because she visited him
and wanted a sexual...

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