IAH207Art_Desire_and_Possession_in_Browning_Ro

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Art, Desire and Possession  Art, Desire and Possession  in Browning, Rossetti and  in Browning, Rossetti and  Wilde Wilde IAH 207: “Dangerous Art”  IAH 207: “Dangerous Art”  September 28, 2011 September 28, 2011
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Porphyria’s Lover” Porphyria’s Lover” Questions to consider:  What do we know about the speaker? What do we know about  the other character in the poem? What is the nature of the  relationship between the two?  What is the relationship between the setting, both outside and  inside, and the emotions of the speaker (pathetic fallacy)?  What is the significance of the lady’s “soiled gloves” (12)?  What is the significance of the speaker not responding to the  lady and to her subsequent actions?  What are the “vainer ties” (24) that she wants to “dissever”?  Why the reference to the “gay feast” (27)? What does this suggest  about their relationship?  Why is she there? What does it mean that “passion sometimes  would prevail” (26)?
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Porphyria’s Lover” Porphyria’s Lover” Questions to consider:  Why does her describe her feeling toward him as “worship”  (33)?  Why does he say, “That moment she was mine, mine, fair, /  Perfectly pure and good” (36-37)?  Why does the speaker kill his love? Why at this particular  moment?  What is the significance of the lines “No pain felt she; / I am  quite sure she felt no pain” (41-42)?  What is the significance of the bee simile: “As a shut bud that  holds a bee, / I warily oped her lids” (43-44)?  Why does he state, “again / Laughed the blue eyes without a  stain”? What is the significance of the descriptor “without a  stain”?  How is it that “her cheek once more / Blushed bright beneath 
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Porphyria’s Lover” Porphyria’s Lover” Questions to consider:  Why does he say that her “smiling rosy little head / [was] So  glad it has its utmost will. / That all it scorned at once is fled, /  And I, its love, am gained instead!”? What did the head once  scorn?  Why does he state, “she guessed not how / Her darling one wish  would be heard”?  What is the significance of the statement that “God has not said  a word”? How might this relate to the opening of the poem?  What has the lady become for him?
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