My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning
In the two poems there is a lot of ‘dramatic monologue’ where the
writer is showing his personal his personal feelings in the poem. It
is also classified when a single person is talking and asking
questions with no reply like in ‘The Last Duchess’ the Duke is talking
to the servant about his past wife but all the servant is interested
in is whether the Duke will marry the Count’s daughter.
My Last Duchess is about a duke who wants to marry the Count’s
daughter. The Count does not know the duke very much this is why he
sends his servant round to visit the Duke and his property. When the
poem starts the servant is already at the Duke’s house.
The Duke very kindly welcomes the servant into his house. He starts
off by showing the servant a picture of his previous wife. The Duke
then asked ‘Will’t please you sit and look at her?’ as if he was very
proud of her.
Fra Pandolf was the painter of his late wife and in the painting the
duke realised she was blushing. The Duke had now gone from being proud
and protective of her to being nasty and abusive towards her because
he found out that Fra Pandolf, the painter, was flirting to make her
blush. The Duke obviously got mad by this because he goes on to say ‘I
gave one command and then all smiles stopped together’ which states he
Porphyria’s Lover is about an anonymous guy who is having an affair
Porphyria’s anonymous lover is very annoyed that Porphyria does not
declare her love for him and leave her partner for him, but as the
stormy night grew Porphyria started to admit her love...