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Robert Browning Porphyrias Lover

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Background on Robert Browning and his poem "Porphyria's Lover," including information about dramatic monologues.

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Robert Browning Porphyrias Lover

  1. 1. Robert Browning “ Porphyria’s Lover”
  2. 2. Robert Browning: Biography <ul><li>1812-1889 </li></ul><ul><li>Pauline pub. at age 21 </li></ul><ul><li>Married poet Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth died in 1861 </li></ul><ul><li>1869: The Ring and the Book pub. </li></ul><ul><li>Considered one of the great Victorian poets </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dramatic Monologue <ul><li>Poem in which a single character (not the poet) delivers a speech </li></ul><ul><li>Speaker indirectly reveals his or her situation and character </li></ul><ul><li>A silent listener is often implied </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Porphyria? <ul><li>Archaic term for the color “purple” (Greek porphura , meaning “purple pigment”) </li></ul><ul><li>A disease characterized by overproduction of porphyrins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Causes urine to appear purple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hallucinations, anxiety, depression, paranoia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seizures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abdominal pain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receding gums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pale skin </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vampires and werewolves? </li></ul><ul><li>Famous cases: George III, King of England; Mary, Queen of Scots; Vincent Van Gogh; King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon </li></ul>
  5. 5. “ Porphyria’s Lover” <ul><li>Appeared in 1836 </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest dramatic monologue </li></ul><ul><li>ABABB rhyme scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Iambic tetrameter </li></ul><ul><li>Tableau vivant </li></ul>

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