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English 202 - Robert Browning

English 202 - Robert Browning - C “Porphyria’s...

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III. Robert Browning (1812-1889) A. Poetic career Not immediately popular Met wife, Elizabeth Barrett through her interest in his poetry – she was a much more popular poet at the time By 1860’s, Browning rivaled Tennyson as one of the most influential poets of the period B. Dramatic monologue A character speaking directly to an audience Creates distance between poet and speaker Creates proximity between speaker and reader Allows for psychological exploration of a demented mind
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Unformatted text preview: C. “Porphyria’s Lover” (1836) Relationship between speaker and Porphyria Motives for the speaker’s actions Clues that speaker is delusional and therefore unreliable A. “My Last Duchess” (1845) Audience – representative for next Duchess Purpose of speech Attitude toward art Values of the Duke Reader’s role in piecing together the real story/ mimics fictional audience’s role in decoding the Duke’s story...
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