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Porphyria's Lover

Robert Browning

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Duchess
2002-04-17
Added by: \"Punisher\"
Just one thing, we dont know if the Duke did kill the Duchess. Also it is apparent that this Duke would rather like to admire his Duckess as a painting, and to be able to control the people who view that painting. Browning made the poem so open-ended that we dont know what happened to the Duchess, all we do know is that something happened to her. The new duchess that he plans to marry does not seem to be only for the Duchess herself, as the line 'The count your master's known munificence is ample warrent that no pretense of mine dowry will be disallowed; though his fair daughter..." Now this shows that he was thinking about the dowry as the reason for marrage, then had to quickly cover it up for the servant that is present by saying "...hough his fair daughter..."

Another interesting note; Does anyone else get the feeling that this poem should be a play? Or that it is a sonnet from a play and that there is much more depth to explore about this jealous and possesive Duke?
2002-07-30
Added by: melissa
porphyria's lover is not so much about the murder itself, but rather the process leading up to it and the aftermath...in a way its more a poem about the state of mind of the lover.
2002-11-12
Added by: Jess
To me, Porphyria's lover is about keeping Porphyria pure. When she gives herself to him he doesn't want that, he loves her purity (virginity) so he keeps her in that state- even if that means he kills her.
appreciate beauty
2002-12-16
Added by: jeremy
when we like a sandwich, we eat it. when we like a car, we drive it. when we like a movie, we watch it. when we like a poem, we read it. when we like a flower, we smell it.

but what do we do with beauty? how does one appreciate beauty that has such an effect on him/her? if we find a woman beautiful, what do we do? do we kiss her? well, you can kiss anything, and there has been no real interaction with her beauty just by kissing? do we make love to her? well, that's appreciating only her sexuality, not her beauty as a whole. what to do, what to do . . .

can't think of anything else, might as well kill her. and after she's dead, i can make her blue eyes open wide and glisten and i can make her cheeks blush by choking her. at least that's something.

the speaker of browning's chillingly wonderful poem, "Porphyria's Lover," killed his lover because her beauty, and his ignorance about how to appreciate it, frustrated, disturbed, and angered him by challenging his metaphysical understanding of the world and his potency therein.
Literature in English
2002-12-20
Added by: saigon zed@hotmail.com
On the subject of the interpretation of Porphyria's Lover, I am of the view that the poem as a whole is a metaphor of the then victorian capitalist economy, where you had the rich factory owners, for instance, manipulating the poor factory workers.(Porphyria:-poor factory woker, Lover:-rich employer).
Literature in English
2002-12-20
Added by: saigon zed@hotmail.com
On the subject of the interpretation of Porphyria's Lover, I am of the view that the poem as a whole is a metaphor of the then victorian capitalist economy, where you had the rich factory owners, for instance, manipulating the poor factory workers.(Porphyria:-poor factory woker, Lover:-rich employer).
Literature in English
2002-12-20
Added by: saigon zed@hotmail.com
On the subject of the interpretation of Porphyria's Lover, I am of the view that the poem as a whole is a metaphor of the then victorian capitalist economy, where you had the rich factory owners, for instance, manipulating the poor factory workers.(Porphyria:-poor factory woker, Lover:-rich employer).
Literature in English
2002-12-20
Added by: saigon zed@hotmail.com
On the subject of the interpretation of Porphyria\'s Lover, I am of the view that the poem as a whole is a metaphor of the then victorian capitalist economy, where you had the rich factory owners, for instance, manipulating the poor factory workers.(Porphyria:-poor factory woker, Lover:-rich employer).
Literature in English
2002-12-20
Added by: saigon zed@hotmail.com
On the subject of the interpretation of Porphyria\\\'s Lover, I am of the view that the poem as a whole is a metaphor of the then victorian capitalist economy, where you had the rich factory owners, for instance, manipulating the poor factory workers.(Porphyria:-poor factory woker, Lover:-rich employer).
2002-12-26
Added by: James
The only problem with Saigon's theory is that it's clear FROM the poem that Porphyria is the lover's socio-economic superior. In fact, the lover appears to be at Porphyria's beck and call -- is it this class divide that keeps their love illicit?

in addition to being an exercise in exploring the thought processes of a murderously deranged mind, I think there's an element of power play in this poem: consider the lover as a sullen figure resentful about his subordinate status in the relationship, waiting upon a partner who's busy elsewhere and may or may not grace him with her presence. Note the contrast between her active movement, changing and rearranging the environment (*his* environment) while he sits in a near catatonic state. The murder allows the lover to assume control of the relationship, and bend Porphyria to his will instead of being subject to it.

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