The two poems I have chosen on the theme of love are Porphyrias
Lover’ by Robert Browning and Stop All The Clocks by W.H Auden.
A Comparison of Two Poems About Love.
The two poems I have chosen on the theme of love are ‘Porphyria’s
Lover’ by Robert Browning and ‘Stop All The Clocks’ by W.H Auden.
‘Porphyria’s Lover’, a dramatic monologue was written as a piece of
entertainment in Victorian times, it would have been acted out to an
audience. The narrative of this poem is that Porphyria was seeing
someone below her own social class and no one knew about their
relationship. She left the party early to go and see him as shown in
the lines “When glided in Porphyria ; strait she shut the cold out and
the storm” even they both knew that they could never be together
‘Stop All The Clocks’ is about the death of a much loved partner , The
speaker wants all the ordinary thing in his life to stop happening and
he also wants the whole world to stop. Now he has lost the love of his
life he has no reason to go on any more, as shown in the lines “Stop
all the clocks, cut of the telephone, prevent the dog from barking
with a juicy bone”
‘Porphyria’s Lover’ a very dramatic monologue as shown in the lines
“and strangled her. No pain felt she, I am quite sure she felt no
pain.” This shows that there is a use of dramatic language, he did not
want her to feel no pain because he loved her, it also emphasises the
point that she is dead.
This poem is written as one long story, consisting of one long stanza.
The poem is written in first person as if there is an imaginary
speaker, the young man. No one knows who he could be, perhaps Browning
heard about the story from real life and turned it onto a poem.
Although there are very clear descriptions of both of them, as shown
in the lines “dripping cloak and shawl” and “laid her soiled gloves
by, untied her hat and let the damp hair fall” this helps you to see a
reasonable description of how she looked that night.
In Porphyria’s Lover the speaker of the poem is in a deep mood of
depression, shown in the lines “the rain set early into the night, the
sullen wind was soon awake” this describes the characters mood but it
also mirrors the weather and sets the scene of the poem, the young man
also seems very lonely and depressed, “I listen’d with a heart fit to
break” this shows that the man I very heartbroken and he just wants to
be loved by her and he wants to be with her forever as shown in the
lines “and give herself to me forever”, but he knows that it will
never happen, as shown in the lines “made my heart swell, and still it
grew while I debated what to do!”
Throughout this poem there are several uses of alternate rhymes:
“awake” and “lake”, “warm” and “form” and “straight” and “grate”.
These words help the poem to flow and to unify it.
The poem ‘Stop All The Clocks’ by W.H Auden is a lot shorter and it
consists of four equal stanzas and each one...