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Unformatted text preview: lover as natural, making the reader consider the relationship between sex and violence, and exploring the complex nature of the speakers madness. The result is a study of human nature and morality that poses more questions than it provides answers. The reader is left wondering, for example, whether to believe the mad narrators account, how to understand societys condemnation of sexual transgressions, and why sexuality is so often linked with dominance and power. The widely anthologized poem is also considered one of the finest poetic explorations of criminal pathology, an early example of Brownings treatment of the theme of experiencing an infinite moment, an ironic reaction against the Romantic idealization of love, and a work that shows a skilled use of lyricism to present the complex workings of a characters mind. http://www.shmoop.com/porphyrias-lover/lines-1-9-summary.html...
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course PHR 121 taught by Professor Witek during the Spring '10 term at Bergen Community College.
- Spring '10