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Jinal Patel English IV Mr. Perez May 15, 2011 Porphyria’s Lover Porphyria’s lover is written by Robert Browning. This poem is pretty much self explanatory and straight forward to understand. The theme of the poem is dramatic monologue. This type of a monologue allows the reader to understand and see the event from the character’s perspective. This not only allows the reader understand the characters feelings or thoughts, but also leads to the truth. Some other themes in this poem are madness, sex, violence. In the Victorian times, readers liked to read about horror, and depravity. Browning surprises the reader by turning the tables on what’s expected of them. he presents the sex between Porphyria and the speaker as natural, and forcing the reader to recognize the madness of the speaker. Literary devices- setting- speaker- tone- rhyme scheme-history- Browning overturns normal expectations of such stories by presenting the sex between Porphyria and her
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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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