Porphyria 's Lover By Robert Browning Essay

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In the poem Porphyria’s Lover, by Robert Browning, I believe that the central theme is obsession. Throughout the poem, the narrator has what I believe to be an unhealthy obsession with a woman named Porphyria. The lover’s twisted and warped idea of love ultimately leads to Porphyria’s, and possibly his own, death. For starters, I could detect right off the bat that the love that the lover held for Porphyria was unhealthy. You can see this without reading the poem and by simply reading the title. I believe that the author, Robert Browning, named the poem the way he did on purpose. The fact that the poem is named Porphyria’s Lover gives off the vibe that the lover is struggling with his identity outside of his love for Porphyria. When a person makes their whole life and identity surround a single person, it usually always leads to an obsession, which I believe is exactly what happened in this poem. We can obviously deduce how unhealthy that is for a person to do. Within the first stanza, we already get a good sense about how much the unhealthy obsession impacts the lover’s idea of love albeit very subtly. The first stanza reads:
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: (Porphyria, 1-4)
We, the readers, are not exactly told or shown that the obsession is affecting the lover. However, Browning uses connotations, or emotional associations, with the…

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