Porphyria 's Lover By Robert Browning Essay

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In “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning, the narrator displays a bitter and passionate tone by the use of abbreviated words and long syntax. When Porphyria’s lover waits, he sits in a cold house listening to the storm. He tells us, “I listen’d with heart fit to break.”(5) The narrator waited expecting Porphyria not to come. He’s bitter towards her because he’s planning for her to stand him up. Her social status is above him and he believes that Porphyria’s desire for riches will keep her from him. Despite Porphyria’s lover’s bitterness, he’s passionate towards her. After he strangles her, he looks back at her beauty and love. “...her cheek once more / Blush’d bright beneath my burning kiss: / I propp’d her head up as before, / Only, this time my shoulder bore”(47-50). After the narrator kills Porphyria he kisses her cheek and holds her. He didn’t see her blotchy skin from being strangled as ugly, but as a rosy blush. He also held her dead body close becoming the active one in the relationship. He brings her social status down to below his. With ending her life he make’s himself the one with more power. The emotional and symbolic word choice Browning uses in “Porphyria’s Lover” is displayed through his use of descriptive words and colors. When Porphyria first gets to the cottage she, “...made the cheerless grate / Blaze up…”(8-9). She started a fire in the empty fireplace. Porphyria’s lover was waiting for her in the cold and darkness. Browning uses the word “cheerless”…

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