His lady love, Porphyria comes over to his place drenched in rain and lights the fireplace to warm her.
Psychological interpretations[ edit ] Browning's monologues are frequently voiced by eccentricslunatics, or people under emotional stress.
Their ramblings illustrate character by describing the interactions of an odd personality with a particularly telling set of circumstances. In both "Porphyria's Lover" and " My Last Duchess ", Browning uses this mode of exposition to describe a man who responds to the love of a beautiful woman by killing her.
Each monologue offers the speaker's reasons for the desired woman from subject to object: It should be noted that in "My Last Duchess" the woman's murder is at best implied, while in "Porphyria's Lover" it is described quite explicitly by the speaker.
The unchanging rhythmic pattern may also suggest the persona's insanity. The "Porphyria" persona's romantic egotism leads him into all manner of monstrously selfish assumptions compatible with his own longings.
He seems convinced that Porphyria wanted to be murdered, and claims "No pain felt she" while being strangled, adding, as if to convince himself, "I am quite sure she felt no pain. When she's dead, he says she's found her "utmost will," and when he sees her lifeless head drooping on his shoulder, he describes it as a "smiling rosy little head", possibly using the word "rosy" to symbolise the red roses of love, or to demonstrate his delusion that the girl, and their relationship, are still alive.
More likely, however, is the thought that blood returning to her face, after the strangulation, makes her cheeks "rosy. He also refers to the "shut bud that holds a bee" which backs up the view of it being a sexual fetish.
Since the speaker may as many speculate[ who? Theories, some of them rather bizarre, abound: Another possibility is that she is a former lover, now betrothed, or even married, to some other man. Alternatively, she may simply be some kind lady who has come to look in on him, or even a figment of his imagination.
Other sources speculate that the lover might be impotent, disabled, sick, or otherwise inadequate, and, as such, unable to satisfy Porphyria.
There is much textual evidence to support this interpretation: Finally, she sits beside him, calls his name, places his arm around her waist, and puts his head on her shoulder; she has to stoop to do this.
At the poem's midpoint, the persona suddenly takes action, strangling Porphyria, propping her body against his, and boasting that afterward, her head lay on his shoulder.
In line with the persona's suggested weakness and sickness, other scholars take the word " porphyria " literally, and suggest that the seductress embodies a disease, and that the persona's killing of her is a sign of his recovery.
Porphyria, which usually involved delusional madness and death, was classified several years before the poem's publication; Browning, who had an avid interest in such pathologies, may well have been aware of the new disease, and used it in this way to express his knowledge.
He may believe God has said nothing because He is satisfied with his actions. God may be satisfied because: He recognises that the persona's crime is the only way to keep Porphyria pure; or, because He doesn't think her life and death are important compared to the persona's.
The persona may also be waiting in vain for some sign of God's approval. Alternatively, the line may represent his feelings of emptiness in the wake of his violence; Porphyria is gone, quiet descends, and he's alone.
The persona may also be schizophrenic ; he may be listening for a voice in his head, which he mistakes for the voice of God.Porphyria's Lover by Robert attheheels.com rain set early in tonight The sullen wind was soon awake It tore the elmtops down for spite And did its worst to vex the lake I listened with.
Page/5(7). Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning. Home / Poetry / Porphyria's Lover / Summary ; Porphyria, his lover, arrives out of the rain, starts a fire in the fireplace, and takes off her dripping coat and gloves.
She sits down to snuggle with the speaker in front of the . “Porphyria’s Lover” is Browning’s first short dramatic monologue and also his first poem involving abnormal psychology.
It was initially published in “Monthly Repository” in The.
Essay about Porphyrias Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Words 9 Pages Compare the two poems ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. Much like Browning’s famous poem My Last Duchess, “Porphyria’s Lover” takes the form of a dramatic monologue.
A dramatic monologue is a poem in which an imagined narrator describes a particular situation or series of events and inadvertently reveals aspects of their own character. Background to the poem. Suddenly, in line forty‑one, Porphyria is strangled. It is hard not to be shocked by this moment and the simple, matter‑of‑fact description of the act given by Porphyria’s lover in this dramatic monologue.