- Discover essay samples

The Point Of View In "Porphyria's Lover"

4.9 of 5.0 (129 reviews)

669 words
Poetry & Poets

The Point Of View In
The Point Of View In
The Point Of View In
The above thumbnails are of reduced quality. To view the work in full quality, click download.

"Porphyria's Lover" is an exhilarating love story given from a lunatic's
point of view. It is the story of a man who is so obsessed with Porphyria that
he decides to keep her for himself. The only way he feels he can keep her,
though, is by killing her. Robert Browning's poem depicts the separation of
social classes and describes the "triumph" of one man over an unjust society.
As is often the case in fiction, the speaker of "Porphyria's Lover" does not
give accurate information in the story.
The speaker is a deranged man who will stop at nothing to keep his dear
Porphyria. Although the introduction refers to the weather, it also does an
effective job in describing the speaker. In this case, it is nighttime, and the
thunder is roaring. The speaker starts by saying: "The rain set early in
tonight,/The sullen wind was soon awake,/ It tore the elm-tops down for spite,/
And did its worst to vex the lake(Barnet 567):" This description gives the
reader the first glimpse of what is yet to come. These turbulent words help
give the poem a gloomy feeling.
When Porphyria arrives at the speaker's cottage, she is dripping wet.
The speaker makes it an important point to describe her after her arrival. The
description of the articles of clothing that Porphyria is wearing helps the
reader know that Porphyria is from an upper-class family. She was wearing a
cloak and shawl, a hat, and gloves. It is apparent that the speaker works for
Porphyria's family. He lives in a cottage, somewhat distant from the main house.
The cottage is cold until Porphyria warms up the room with her presence and by
stirring up the fire. The way the speaker introduces Porphyria is very unique.
He states that Porphyria "glided" into the room. With this description, the
lover insinuates to the reader that the he sees Porphyria as some kind of angel
who moves swiftly and gracefully across the floor.
The speaker is upset about the party going on in the main house.
Porphyria will be married soon, and he feels that if he were an upper-class
citizen, Porphyria would be able to marry him. There is definitely much love
felt between the two, and the speaker realizes that he will lose Porphyria if he
does not do something. There is a sense of desperation felt by the speaker. He
also feels that society's rules are very unjust and cruel. At the same time,
though, it seems that the lover does not blame Porphyria for what is unfolding,
but nonetheless, the speaker acts in a cold manner towards her. She, trying to
cheer him up, puts his arm around her waist. During all this time, Porphyria
seems to be happy but not necessarily about seeing her lover. The speaker says:
"Happy and proud; at last I knew/ Porphyria worshipped me;" Unbeknownst to the
speaker, she could have been excited about the party. This also comes to show
that the speaker was out of touch with reality.
During the first part of the poem, Porphyria's lover is leaning against
her shoulder. He is completely dependent upon her. This is where the lover
shows that he is acting in a very cold manner, but he is actually trying to make
the reader feel sorry for him. Shortly afterwards, he starts explaining the
problem, and states his side of the story. The speaker begins to feel sorry for
himself, and his frustration and fears begin to mount into an expected act of
violence towards Porphyria.
The only thing that Porphyria's lover can think of is to strangle her
with her own hair. By doing this, he believes that she will be his forever.

You are currently seeing 50% of this paper.

You're seeing 669 words of 1337.

Similar essays

Compare And Contrast: "Strange Fruit" And "Telephone Conservation": Theme Of Racial Prejudice

Compare and Contrast: "Strange Fruit" and "Telephone Conservation": Theme of Danny Connolly 11.3 The two poems that I am going to compare are "Strange Fruit" and "Telephone conversation" which both feature racial prejudice. The first of the two poems that I will study is "Strange Fruit". This is a very simple and meaningful poem. The author...

182 reviews
All The World's a Party

All the world's a party And the people are merely guests They all have their ups and downs And the host can play many types of music Hoping that the guests will enjoy it The girls that think they're all that Are trying to get attention while faking intoxication While the jocks with their leather jackets Play beer pong while being loud and obno...

184 reviews
"A World Of Light And Dark"

Poetry- Essay 1 New Criticism "Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments...," begins Shakespeare in his "Sonnet 116". This work is a potent discourse on the nature of love, not only because of the passion which Shakespeare spills forth onto the page, but also because it takes a bold stance concerning the most mysterious of emotio...

74 reviews
I'm Sorry

I just wanted to say that I apologize for drinking your delicious glass of milk behind your back. I had just pruned the roses in the hot summer sun when I began craving a tall cold glass of milk. No coaster in sight as beads of water threatened to inch closer and closer to the surface of the wood. I'm sorry for not telling you but now you know...

21 reviews
A Prose Analysis On Milton's "Sonnet XIX"

John Milton, a poet who was completely blind in 1651 wrote "Sonnet XIX" in 1652; this sonnet is his response to his loss of sight. The theme of the sonnet is the loss and regain of primacy of experience. Milton offers his philosophical view on animism and God. Furthermore, "Sonnet XIX" explores Milton's faith and relationship with God. "Sonn...

54 reviews
Comparing Jessie Popes "Who's For The Game" to Wilfred Owens "Anthem For Doomed Youth"

The start of both poems are the exact opposite of each other they both ask a question but one before and one after the war. At first it was a game but lard it became a tragedy. It seems that Jessie asks questions that are the opposite of Wilfred statements. "the monstrous anger of guns" " the red crashing game of fight". The poems are structured as...

87 reviews
The Waste Land: Tiresias As Christ

In T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land there are several allusions. The most profound allusion in the poem is relayed through the character of Tiresias. Tiresias is a blind prophet who shows up in several different literary works. In The Waste Land Tiresias is an allusion to Christ. This allusion is best illustrated in section 3 of The Waste Land "The...

195 reviews
Criticism Of "The Sick Rose"

By analyzing more information from different authors, I was able to draw a greater amount contrast from the authors. I had a better feel for what they were trying to convey when they wrote their critical essays in their books. Whatever the case, it was easier to judge "The Sick Rose" by having more sources to reflect upon. Michael Riffat...

25 reviews
Poem: My Heart Aches

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as thought of hemlock I had drunk or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minnute past, and lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness- That thou, light--winged Dryad of the trees, In some melodious plot Of beechen green, and shadow...

63 reviews
Hanging Fire

by Audre Lorde I am fourteen and my skin has betrayed me the boy I cannot live without still sucks his tumb in secret how come my knees are always so ashy what if I die before the morning comes and momma's in the bedroom with the door closed. I have to learn how to dance in time for the next party my room is too small for me suppose I de bef...

23 reviews
Humanity's Fall In The Garden Of Eden In Paradise Lost

The original sin that led to humanity's fall in the Garden of Eden is by far the worst sin committed by humankind. It is this sin that led to future sins. This original sin must be emphasized by writers to depict the evil involved in it. In writing Paradise Lost, John Milton recognizes this fact and uses a variety of literary techniques to stre...

35 reviews
By Means Of Power

Both Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde, in their respective poems entitled Power, convey the idea that ones identity and sense of worth is defined by what they are willing to give up. This message is energized by the emotion the authors evoke through their ability to communicate a sense of experience. It is this experience as mothers and highly intel...

112 reviews

, an epic poem, was written around the ninth century A.D. more than one heroic tendency. each performs deeds for which they gain fame and honor, and each is seen, in their own respects, as a model of virtue. 's time heroes were confident, strong, and brave, , an Anglo-Saxon hero, has all three characteristics. His quest is to restore Herot, due to...

168 reviews
Beowulf: The One Who Will Be King

Beowulf contains a myriad of different heroic ethical and social values. Most of these values are ingeniously rooted within, or made evident by the opposing forces of the poem. The initial opposing force arrives in the form of Grendel, a vile creature who's rampages mirror that of a modern serial killer. As the poem draws toward the conclusion, it...

147 reviews
Atsisiųsti šį darbą