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: The opening four lines provide the setting and the tone.
This poem is clearly a controversial one, in the eyes of contemporary Victorian audiences and even more so in the eyes of an audience of today, accustomed to relative equality. To be shocking and controversial may have been the aim of Robert Browning, who with his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning campaigned for liberal causes such as the rights of women.
This poem could therefore have been aimed to satirise the stringency of the idea of perfect femininity, tied to husband and home, and the endemic domestic violence that was only just coming into public awareness.
This could be seen, to an extent, to reflect the discomfort that some men still feel towards women who are powerful or assert power or control. A feminist may well see this as a nauseating reminder of the sickening and even pathetic devotion of women to their husbands that feminists still criticise some women for today.
Although those who retain a Victorian perspective on women might argue that Porphyria is some kind of loose woman or whore, a feminist or indeed a male inclined to respect the prerogatives of women over their own bodies and their sexual liberation would disagree.
On one level this poem could be a reflection of the Pygmalion Myth, a male delusion that women can only be pure and truly feminine when they are an art object, under total control of men. Or simply, on a more disturbing level, the murder of Porphyria may just be simply a bid to regain control of a woman who has subverted the expectations and limitations of her sex as opposed to an attempt to attain some kind of warped perfection.
The fact that the versification the way the poem looks on the page and the rhyme scheme remain unbroken even by the killing is a chilling suggestion that the lover is callous, cold and calculating.Become a Reader Member to unlock in-line analysis of character development, literary devices, themes, and more!
Owl Eyes is an improved reading and annotating experience for classrooms, book clubs, and literature lovers. The summary of Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning pen pictures a lover who is all alone by himself in his house as the night heralds a storm.
His lady love, Porphyria comes over to his place drenched in rain and lights the fireplace to warm her. The meter of "Porphyria's Lover" is fairly regular iambic tetrameter. Wait: before you zone out, let us explain. The meter refers to the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in the line.
An. 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 fire and pulls his head down to rest against her shoulder.
In “Porphyria’s Lover”, Robert Browning dramatically builds intensity and exhibits the decline in the situation’s stability to express the impending doom of the characters’ love.
The enigmatic tone suggests the fear in the lover’s heart would soon overcome him – the fear of the destiny of their forbidden love. Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning - An Analysis Adeel Salman The finest woks of Browning endeavor to explain the mechanics of human psychology.
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