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Transcript of Porphyria'sLover
What's the story in the poem?
On your tables, tell the story of the poem.
So, the exam...
This poem is a DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE
The first five lines...
The rain set early in tonight,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
and did its worst to vex the lake:
I listened with heart fit to break.
So, he sits at home waiting...
Group 1 - SETTING
Openings and Closings
Consider the expectations and tone set by the opening.
Consider the different interpretations of the ending.
Punctuation and syntax
Use of caesura
Use of enjambement
The pace crafted by the punctuation.
Evidence that there is a perceived listener?
HOW DOES BROWNING TELL THE STORY?
A02 - Language, form, structure, narrative and setting.
THE DEBATE QUESTION
A01,3 and 4
How do writers use...
A dramatic monologue is a first person speech with an
It differs from a soliloquy through it's perceived audience. A soliloquy is the voicing of thoughts, a dramatic monologue is a CRAFTED SPEECH
WHO IS THE SPEAKER IN THE POEM?
The initial title of this poem was simply
What difference does it make that Browning added the word LOVER to the title?
What can you tell me about the narrator of this poem?
What do we know about him?
On your tables - discuss the following:
The atmosphere evoked by these lines
The use of personification and pathetic fallacy in this section
The rhyme and rhythm of the poem
The atmosphere evoked by these lines
The poem opens with a storm - heightened emotion
The semantics of anger - spite, vex, sullen
Slightly gothic? Fits with the period...
The use of personification and
pathetic fallacy in this section
Sublime nature - all powerful.
What did you make of the early rain?
Does this line suggest that it rains every day?
Might this mean more than the weather?
When we discuss the rhythm of a poem we use the term METER. This simply refers to the number of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line.
IAMB = unstressed followed by stressed (da DUM)
TETRA = 4
IAMBIC TETRAMETER = 4 unstressed and stressed
Is there anything odd about this rhythm given the subject matter of the poem?
What is the rhyme scheme of this poem?
Why do you think Browning may have used this regular pattern?
Jarring nature of subject?
Emphasis on madness?
Does the rhythm BREAK in line 5?
Is this an indicator of social class?
In comes Porphyria
Look closely at lines 6 - 21
What words strike you as important?
Porphyria is ACTIVE, the lover is PASSIVE.
Each table has a key aspect
of narrative - discuss and make notes.
Domestic vs wild?
Calming impact of Porphyria
Sitting beside a fire... connotations
Repetition of an image
USE OF TIME
What is the time frame of the poem?
How does the tensing change in this poem?
In what sense is the poem about TIME?
What MOMENT is the narrator aiming to capture forever?
So, where is the climactic moment?
Is there more than one?
This is a speech - characterisation?
Which character do you empathise with?
How could this poem be interpreted as a love poem?
Consider the view that this was an act of euthanasia?
LANGUAGE FORM AND STRUCTURE
Browning's use of language - chilling? Loving?
Form - speech, link to rhyme and rhythm - chilling?
The way the poem is organised?
The ending? The tensing?
Look over your essays - anything to add? Note it down...
What debates arise from this poem?
Morning! How was your reading?
HOW DO WRITERS USE OPENINGS?
Section B of the exam tests 3 texts and AO1,2 and 3 (what were they?)
Using the template - plan a response.
This essay is ONE HOUR
How long per writer?
OK - pick one writer...