Porphyria 's Lover By Robert Browning Essay

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The poem “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning was written in 1836. Although the poem was written so long ago, it is known to be a very dramatic and ironic poem due to the speaker’s theme of obsession. In Uma Kukathas’s ‘Critical Essay on “Porphyria’s Lover”’ it is stated and agreed upon that “"Porphyria 's Lover," is a poem in which a madman recounts to himself the events of the night before that end with his murdering the woman he loves.” (Kutkathas, Critical Essay on.). Throughout the poem there are multiple aspects that have a major impact on the theme such as the poets’ use of syntax and diction in the dramatic monolog, the speaker’s borderline personality disorder, and the tone the speaker uses towards his obsession of Porphyria.
In Browning’s poem “Porphyria’s Lover,” the speaker use of dramatic monologue give insight on the poems theme of obsession. A dramatic monologue is a “poem whose speaker addresses one or more silent listeners, often revealing much more than he or she intends.”(Kirszner, pg. 663). The poems dramatic monologue holds numerous devises used in literature such as, syntax and diction. In regards to syntax and diction, both are beneficial to the theme as the devices give the form and meaning that hints towards the theme of obsession. Browning’s arrangement of syntax in the dramatic monologue helps the poem develop an obsessive casual tone, such as in lines thirty-six through thirty-eight “That moment she was mine, mine, fair, / Perfectly pure and…

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