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porphyrias Lover

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Danielle Wisen

on 18 April 2013

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Transcript of porphyrias Lover

Romantacism Signifigance of Title Setting What passes for love in the mind of the speaker is control and power.
We are given the idea that Porphyria is in a higher social class than the speaker which he doesn't like, by killing Porphyria her social class is irrelevant.
It would seem Porphyria has more control at the beginning of the poem when she positions the speakers head on her shoulder, but then the speaker gains power when he murders her and then places her head on his shoulders. The speaker kills Porphyria because he wants to preserve that moment of happiness, when Porphyria worships him. Dramatic Monologue Theme of 'Porphyria's Lover" is Love itself. It shows that when you fall in love with someone, you will go above and beyond to keep that loved one close to you. Throughout the poem, “love” is described in terms of a struggle for power, suggesting that the balance of power, dominance, and control in the relationship. In the beginning, Porphyria is “murmuring how she loved [the speaker]”. As you read in the poem, you can tell that she is in love with him (throught the speakers eyes) , "she put my arm about her waist, and made her smooth white shoulder bare".
She was giving herself to him. He knew at that moment that she loved him, he could not bear letting anyone else have her, so he killed her. By killing her, she would be his forever. Theme Imagery/Symbolism Reading through the poem, we come to the realisation that the author has a very deep, dark, twisted state of mind. This poem has a rhyming scheme of ABABB, which provides a repetition of sounds. This mimics the author?s thoughts in a sense because it?s evident that these thoughts have appeared to him before and it?s not the first time. They follow a rhythm not only in the poem but in his head as well. The author also uses words in the poem which seem to stand out when reading it. ?Murmuring how she loved me? Choosing the word murmuring seems to make her words seem non existent, as if they aren?t real and just faintly being said. ?Porphyria worshiped me: surprise? Again, the author choosing such a dominant word such as worshiped, forces us to believe that his state of mind is him thinking he is in control at all times, and later finding out that he really is. That in whatever type of relationship there is between the two of them that he is in control, in his head, whether it be true or not. Porphyrias Lover Robert Browning Born in 1812 in London was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.
It was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature
The movement validated strong emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as apprehension, horror and terror an isolated cottage in woods on a stormy night. The timing of the setting was somewhere in the 1800's.
*influenced many horror stories to come A literary, usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character, often in relation to a critical situation or event, in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener. By: Robert Browning The Poet An intelligent child, Browning was fluent in Latin, Greek, French and Italian. By twelve, he had written a book of poetry which he had destroyed when no publisher could be found In 1846, he eloped with fellow poet Elizabeth Barret, 6 years his elder. From the time of their marriage and until Elizabeth's death (1861), the Brownings lived in Italy.Their only child, Robert was born in 1849. In these years Browning was fascinated by the art and atmosphere of Italy. He would, later describe Italy as his university In the remaining years of his life Browning travelled extensively. He died in 1889 at his sons home in Venice. The name Porphyria derives from the greek word porphyr often used by poets to mean a very beautiful purple stone similar to marble. Porphyria was later classified as a genetic diesease which causes the skin to develop blisters, itching, and swelling when exposed to sunlight. Other symptoms include pain in the chest or abdomen, vomiting, and diarrhea. During an attack, the inflicted will feel muscle numbness, tingling, paralysis, cramping, and personality or mental changes. This title is paradoxical, as it hints at a love story, but tells a tale of murder. Porphyrias Lover
The Storm
The speaker of "Porphyria's Lover" opens by describing the storm outside.He describes the storm with adjectives that suggest that the weather is conscious of what it's doing. This reflects the inner mood of a character. Love In Porphyrias Lover the speaker "gives away" characteristics of himself while trying to rationalize his decision of murder. What one person sees as love, can be different from what others see as love as in this case in the poem. This man, believes in his own mind, that he needs to kill his lover in order to be with her forever. Sin Love & There are two types of sin in the poem. The first is murder; the second is the woman’s sin of sexuality and desire. Women during this time were supposed to remain pure and loyal to their virtue. This meant ignoring their sexuality and pretending it did not exist. If a woman did give in to her desires or the desires of a man, she was a sinner.
The idea of love in the poem is twisted and peculiar, the idea of a woman’s sin is very clear. Because acknowledging sexuality was a sin for women, the fact that the woman comes to the man “through wind and rain” indicates sinning. When the woman enters the cottage, the speaker notices that her gloves are “soil’d” . This is the reader’s first indication that the woman’s virtue is stained. After she starts the fire and makes herself comfortable, she makes “her smooth while shoulder bare” White is generally thought of as the color of purity. The speaker tells the reader that Porphyria “glides” into his house and “kneel’d and make the cheerless grate/Blaze up, and all the cottage warm”. Fire is associated with sexual desires.
Browning does such an excellent job that it almost doesn't leave any room for your own thoughts and perception. The use of poetic deceives is often used in the poem but are not evident. "Laughed the blue eyes without a stain" describing what he chooses to believe as her having no pain, using personification helped to desdescribe her eyes and give them real emotion. The word laugh also gives the line a sense of comfort in the fact her death seems like it wasn't a big deal and he had no remorse. "As a shut bud that holds a bee" Comparing her eyes to a shut bud of rose, the simile gives the line a new depth. The word choice throughout the poem is complex, the poem first appeared in 1836, a time where society used proper English much more than we do in this day of age. Therefore, because it is used in a way that we do not recognize, it makes the word choice and word order seem much more difficult to us, when in reality if we take in consideration the time of which the poem was written, it was written in a way people spoke and wrote daily. The fact the word order and word choice is complex definitely mimics the authors mind. Word Choice It seems like through the whole poem the author is creating images for the readers and using imagery to his advantage. Almost every moment is described to the reader using not only sight but the other senses as well. He describes things in such deep detail providing evidence of what is really happening and forcing a picture in the mind of the readers. Speaker is a fictional character who is unknown to us
Speaks in a calming tone which while describing horrific events
Makes the poem seem creepy

Speaker The speaker discusses his action as though he has not done anything wrong
We can make the assumption he is mentally unstable
Could be speaking to get the murder off his chest If the speaker were put on trial for murder, would he be convicted as guilty, or be released because of an insanity plea?Using evidence from the text, decide the fate of the case.Take 5 minutes to discuss amongst yourselves and we'll begin. Class Activity
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