Analysis Of The Poem ' Porphyria 's Lover ' Essay

770 Words Oct 28th, 2015 4 Pages
Robert Browning’s unconventional dramatic monologue “Porphyria’s Lover” enters the mind of an unknown, although presumably male, psychologically complex person who tells the story of strangling his lover by winding her long yellow hair around her throat three times after she comes into his house and kindles a fire. Following Porphyria’s death, the speaker repeatedly tells himself, and tries to assure to himself, that she did not resist his strangling of her and that he had not committed a crime. The poem shines light on the obsessive behavior of the speaker, relating to the idea of never wanting to let go of someone we love. Browning unveils the speaker’s concealed insanity as the speaker takes his act one step further and kills Porphyria to prevent any risk of leaving him, simultaneously making his love for her eternal like the death he bestows upon her. The first lines of the poem open with the typical romantic poetry aesthetic and are abruptly disrupted by a sexual, psychotic act that is nonchalantly narrated by the speaker. This transition gives the title, “Porphyria’s Lover” a whole new meaning: The lover doesn’t only love Porphyria in a romantic way, but in a way that is obsessive and controlling. “That moment she was mine, mine,” which is a similar characteristic of selfishness found in Browning’s “My last Duchess,” reveals the speakers obsessive personality and elicits a response from the reader, making one question if the man is actually in love with Porphyria or…

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