Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory
In this essay I hope to prove that Robert Browning’s murder mystery
poems are fulfilled with intrigue and excitement. I also hope to prove
that in his poems he creates vivid characters and uses poetic
techniques to expose a world of madness and wickedness. To show that
the statements above are true I will be writing about the characters,
the poetic features in each poem and the madness and wickedness in
each poem. This essay will include three of Robert Browning’s poems;
they are Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory.
Robert Browning was born on the seventh of May in eighteen twelve in
Camberwell a suburb of London. He was the first child of Robert and
Sarah Anna Browning. His mother was an accomplished pianist and his
Father was a clerk in the Bank of England. Robert Browning was largely
self-taught. He was an extremely bright child and a voracious reader.
By the time he was fourteen he had learned Latin, Greek, French and
Italian. He attended the University of London in eighteen twenty eight
but left in discontent to pursue his reading at his own pace. In
eighteen forty six he married Elizabeth Barrett and moved to Florence,
Italy. He moved back to London in eighteen sixty one but spent his
final years with his only son back in Italy. He died in eighteen
eighty nine and is buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. He
wrote his first poem ‘Pauline’ in eighteen thirty three. Browning
wrote during the romantic era in the nineteenth century. In this era
romantic poets such as Robert Browning wrote about dramatic events in
unusual ways, using different ideas and forms. All of Browning’s poems
are dramatic monologues; he was the first poet to use this form
effectively. Robert Browning is most famous for the development of the
dramatic monologue, for his psychological insight and for his
forceful, colloquial poetic style used in his poems.
The first poem I am going to look at is Porphyria’s Lover. The two
characters in the poem are Porphyria and her lover. From the poem we
learn that Porphyria is beautiful and sensuous, ‘glided in Porphyria’.
She uses her beauty to manipulate her lover. The name Porphyria is the
name of a mental illness that drives people mad and that is what she
does to her lover because he loves her so much and can not be with
her. She warms up her lover and makes him feel special and whole.
‘Made the cheerless grate blaze up and all the cottage warm up’.
She loves and respects her lover she shows this when she kneels down
to speak to him when she enters the cottage. Porphyria has already got
a partner ‘vainer ties dissever’. She is richer than her lover ‘free
from pride’. She is a very gentle person but at the same time she is
also a reckless person, she shows this when she leaves a party early
to see her lover and also the fact that she is betraying her husband.
She will not leave her husband for her...