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Porhyrias Lover is a monologue which gives the reader a dramatic insight into the mind of an abnormally possessive lover Love poems often express the wish that time would stand still so that a particularly intense moment of love will last forever This is the same with the lover in the poem He feels the same way and feels he has to immortalise the moment in a different way to anyone else In the poem we can see that right from the beginning he loves Porpyria His moods differ throughout the poem Whereas at the start of the poem Browning uses negative images of the weather to reflect his mood and then when Porhyria enters she improves his mood and the weather The opening lines reflect his mood and there is personification of the wind The rain set in early to-night The sullen wind was soon awake The next quotation shows when she improves and brightens up his mood She shut the cold out and the storm and Blaze up and all the cottage warm From the poem we can see that the lover is very impassive and Porhyria makes all the sexual advances She put my arm about her waist And made her smooth white shoulder bare The passion goes on but the lover suspects that someone else is love with her He wants total possession No one can share her He realises then that Porhyria loved him and that she is all his at least I knew Porhyria worshiped me The repetitive use of the word mine in line 36 shows how possessive he is That moment she was mine mine fair Because he knows that at the moment in time she loves him he wants to preserve that love In one long yellow string I wound Three times her little throat around I strangled her He had killed her with her own hair There is a total
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