Comparing My Last Duchess And Porphyria 's Lover Essay

801 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Murdering Love

Robert Browning wrote the two poems, "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria 's Lover” both poems convey a thoughtful concept of love. These two poems by Browning’s are set in 18th century. Both poems describe the behavior of people who are in loving, romantic relationships. Robert Browning tells each poetic story through a single speaker. These poems reveal an relation in which the admirer kills the object of his love. This essay will compare and contrast the characteristics, imagery and the structure of the poem. It will also discuss the theme love found in "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria 's Lover” and murdering that love in the end.

Both poems feature similarities between the men in the poems who seem mentally disturbed. As both men had a relationship with a beautiful women, whom they both end up killing despite loving them. The fact that they are telling about their deeds and seem to be much happier after they have committed these murders is more sickening than the actually murders. In “My Last Duchess” the narrator of the poem is a cultured and suave man proudly talks about his last duchess and how he controlled her, while in "Porphyria 's Lover” the man narrating how he made Porphyria’s love for him eternal is a very rigid and abnormal man. Both poems deal with similarity that both men in the poem do not have the power that the women they love have. The men feel threatened by this, so the way that they choose to take this power is to kill the women. The…

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