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Robert Brownings poems Porphyrias Lover and My Last Duchess were both written in the form of a dramatic monologue Both poems show a similarity because they are both narrated from the male lovers point of view As a result the reader becomes more closely involved in the poems and can feel very strong emotions for the individuals portrayed than if the poem was written from the eyes of an outsider This form of writing enables Browning to use irony in which the real meaning is concealed or contradicted by the literal meanings of the words For example in My Last Duchess the Duke orders the death of his wife though hides the true meaning in his wordsMuch the same smile This grew I gave commands then all smiles stopped together My Last Duchess is also written in the form of a single stanza poem which is the unit of a poem that consists of two or more lines of verse organised according to the content and form and usually repeated as a recurring pattern in the poem By contrast Porphyrias Lover does not follow this pattern but has a different rhyming scheme On the surface the narrators in each poem show completely different characteristics In Porphyrias Lover the narrator shows powerful emotions towards Porphyria which demonstrate his strong romantic feelings The reader acknowledges that the narrator is passionately in love as the following extract demonstrates Too weak for all her hearts endeavour to set its struggling passion free from pride and vainer ties dissever and give herself to me forever By contrast the Duke in My Last Duchess is shown as a formal cold-hearted man who despised his late wifes lust for life He wanted her respect though all he could see was her pleasure from all around her as the
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