Porphyrias Lover Essay

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Every person has experienced some kind of love through the duration of their lives. Twopeople loving one another should be a blissful jury through life. Yet, sometimes love hastragic results instead of being joyful. People can become obsessed with the ones that theydesire. "Porphyria`s Lover" by Robert Browning is an example of the struggling love thattwo people have for one another. It becomes obsessive love and then ends in fatal loss.The poet sets up an intense atmosphere using personification and foreshadowing.The stormy weather is described as " The sullen wind", " It tore the elm-tops down forspite", and "...did its worst to vex the lake". The horrible weather also portrays theirrational mind set of Porphyrias lover. Porphyria seems to have a great importance to thespeaker yet his obsession becomes more evident throughout the poem. "A suddenthought of one so pale" and "That moment she was mine, mine..." the speaker states. Heloved Porphyria and believed she was " too weak for all her hearts endeavor". Thepossessiveness of the speaker foretells the conclusion. Throughout the poem his feelingswere apparent yet Porphyrias feelings were never mentioned.All along, the speaker seems to struggle with his affection for Porphyria. WhenPorphyria arrived, her presence caused the cottage to warm inside. She stripped away herdirty and damp clothes. This could represent her stripping away what has been holdingtheir love apart. For an untold reason they are not supposed to be together. Porphyriaarrived in cloak and shawl and strips away everything that has held her back previously.She called to...

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