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The creation of a plausible character within literature is one of the most difficult challenges to a writer and development to a level at which the reader identifies with them can take a long time However through the masterful use of poetic devices and language Browning is able to create two living and breathing characters in sixty or less lines When one examines these works one has to that they are quite the achievements for they not only display the personas of two distinct men but also when compared show large differences while dealing with essentially the same subjectA brief examination of the structural aspects of Porphyrias Lover is needed before further analysis is done One can break the poem up into twelve stanzas with an ababb stanzaic rhyme structure though it is most often printed as a block poem This would make it an alternately rhymed quatrain with a fifth line attached to create a couplet ending The majority of the lines contain four iambic feet though a few are nonasyllabic Five of the twelve stanzas spill into the next stanza thus detracting from their free-standing integrity These stanzas are not syntactically self-containing and therefore the end-couplet value is undercut If we examine the end of the eighth stanza we see that there is enjambment into the ninth stanza Three times her little throat aroundBrowning Porphyrias Lover Lines 39-41This does detract from the couplet though it emphasizes the tone making the understated nature even more sociopathic This is one example of how this simple tool in itself masterfully accentuates the overall tone of understatement and the impression of lackadaisical unaffected speech The majority of the words in this poem are monosyllabic which adds to the mood However what is more important is that the words that are polysyllabic are quiet and unassuming They do not break the tense tranquility of the piece Burrows points out that Much of the force of the narrative
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