Week Thirteen Robert Browning  ‘ Porphyria’s Lover’ and  ‘ My Last Duchess’
<ul><li>Browning’s dramatic monologues are especially famous for the way in which their ‘true’ meaning is contrary to the ...
‘ Porphyria’s Lover’ <ul><li>The rain set early in tonight, </li></ul><ul><li>The sullen wind was soon awake, </li></ul><u...
Task <ul><li>Using headings of  Meter ,  Language , and  Syntax , spend ten minutes alone finding examples  in ‘My Last Du...
Some hints Meter Language Syntax <ul><li>Disjuncture, </li></ul><ul><li>Parallelisms, </li></ul><ul><li>Patterning, </li><...
<ul><li>Now get into groups of three and spend five minutes sharing and refining your ideas, ready for discussion.  </li><...
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  1. 1. Week Thirteen Robert Browning ‘ Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘ My Last Duchess’
  2. 2. <ul><li>Browning’s dramatic monologues are especially famous for the way in which their ‘true’ meaning is contrary to the explicit testimony of his monologists. </li></ul><ul><li>The following examples demonstrate how he uses language , meter , and syntax to achieve this two-level system of the implicit and the explicit. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ‘ Porphyria’s Lover’ <ul><li>The rain set early in tonight, </li></ul><ul><li>The sullen wind was soon awake, </li></ul><ul><li>It tore the elm-tops down for spite, </li></ul><ul><li>And did its worst to vex the lake: </li></ul><ul><li>I listened with heart fit to break. </li></ul><ul><li>When glided in Porphyria; straight </li></ul><ul><li>She shut the cold out and the storm, </li></ul><ul><li>And kneeled and made the cheerless grate </li></ul><ul><li>Blaze up, and all the cottage warm; </li></ul><ul><li>Which done, she rose, and from her form </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl, </li></ul><ul><li>And laid her soiled gloves by, untied </li></ul><ul><li>Her hat and let her damp hair fall, </li></ul><ul><li>And, last, she sat down by my side </li></ul><ul><li>And called me. When no voice replied, </li></ul><ul><li>[…] </li></ul>Meter : ruptures in the iambic tetrameter coincide with apertures into the mind of the monologist. Language : personification and pathetic fallacy merge, creating an environment saturated with menace, against which the presence of Porphyria is opposed. Syntax : The dramatic, accelerated shedding of the symbols of the harsh surroundings – largely enacted through enjambment – is brought to a climactic halt through a medial caesura as the source of new danger is announced.
  4. 4. Task <ul><li>Using headings of Meter , Language , and Syntax , spend ten minutes alone finding examples in ‘My Last Duchess’ that similarly imply a meaning hidden by the monologist, but which Browning intends to project. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some hints Meter Language Syntax <ul><li>Disjuncture, </li></ul><ul><li>Parallelisms, </li></ul><ul><li>Patterning, </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis, </li></ul><ul><li>Connections with language and syntax, </li></ul><ul><li>Pace, </li></ul><ul><li>Rhythm. </li></ul><ul><li>Word choices, </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguity, </li></ul><ul><li>Connotation, </li></ul><ul><li>Figurative language, </li></ul><ul><li>Register, </li></ul><ul><li>Tone. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject, </li></ul><ul><li>object, </li></ul><ul><li>predicate, </li></ul><ul><li>transitivity, </li></ul><ul><li>pronoun, </li></ul><ul><li>subordination, </li></ul><ul><li>passive/active, </li></ul><ul><li>imperative, </li></ul><ul><li>inversion, </li></ul><ul><li>Postponement. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Now get into groups of three and spend five minutes sharing and refining your ideas, ready for discussion. </li></ul>
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