Robert Browning
London / England
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Porphyria's Lover

Rating: 3.5
The rain set early in to-night,
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.
When glided in Porphyria; straight
She shut the cold out and the storm,
And kneeled and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up, and all the cottage warm;
Which done, she rose, and from her form
Withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl,
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Gaku Haghiwara 05 October 2020
Porphyria's lover cannot stand for blaze the grate up, cannot stand by her. He cannot live alone, but he killed her despite her care. He must die from hunger, he didn't say " Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani? " , and his god told nothing to him, because he is not alone.
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Mahtab Bangalee 03 February 2020
The narrator of " Porphyria's Lover" is a man who has murdered his lover, Porphyria. He begins by describing the tumultuous weather of the night that has just passed. It has been rainy and windy, and the weather has put the speaker in a melancholy mood as he waits in his remote cabin for Porphyria to arrive.
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Christopher Gould 08 July 2013
The characters in Browning like the Duke of Ferrara or The Pied Piper or this one, the lover of Porphyria seem to perform acts of madness to solve some unbearable personal problem.Shakespeares characters like Hamle or Lear go mad and Othello has a fit in his distress.The resolution in Shakespeare of his tragic figures is in their death.But Browning does not permit his main characters death; you are left with this madness and moral chaos,
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Srimayee Ganguly 03 January 2013
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Unnikrishnan E S 03 May 2016
Out of his love for his dearest Porphyria. Srimayee, you are looking at the trees, not the woods! , that is to say, you are looking at the lover of Porphyria; You are not able see him, ; you are not able to read the poetry either.
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Augusta Melbourne 19 September 2012
I discovered Browning's well known for his dramatic monologues. I read it in class yesterday and because the way he describes the murder so explicitly was actually quite shocking. It was like the roles had flipped in some way.
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Baby Sweetgirl 02 March 2012
we did a court case (pretend) on the murder in this poem!
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Baby Sweetgirl 02 March 2012
we did this in class and i wrote a real long message about it but now its gone andcant b bovd 2 rite again
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Andrew Hoellering 09 December 2009
The clear-cut narrative line of this atmospheric poem is presented in rhymed couplets.The ‘sullen wind’ at the start ‘which tore the elm tops down for spite’ introduces an ominous note, foreshadowing what is to come. Porphyria glides in like a ghost or figment of the imagination, warming the cottage with her presence. What follows has an air of inevitability. She loves the speaker, and is accommodating to his wishes in the extreme, and he takes advantage of this. Love is too easy, and only way he thinks to keep her as his forever is to strangle her with her own hair, which he does as a painless alternative to love making, merely as ‘a thing to do.’ Porphyria’s lover is also her killer. This makes the deed even more terrifying than a murder in cold blood, and reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s saying that we always kill the thing we love.In his closing lines, Browning implies that God is indifferent, even to murder.
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Helen Gilshteyn 28 May 2007
this author is palying with words and giving his poem a sense of love. in some extent it sounds that hero of this poem is psychologically distressed. he kills person who he loves and and then mirroring her behaviour towards him. this poem is full of enjambments and it has alternative rhyme.
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