The Ways Browning Tells the Story in Porphyria's Lover

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Write about the ways Browning tells the story in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’. Browning uses a multitude of techniques to tell the story in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’. These include language techniques like, similes, metaphors, nature imagery repetition and pathetic fallacy; the form of the poem, including the rhyme scheme and iambic tetrameter; and the structure of the poem, like the amount of stanzas or power struggle between Porphyria and her lover. Browning uses form to tell the story in ‘Porphyria’s Lover’. He does this by giving the poem an ABABB rhyme scheme. This is inconsistent and could represent the irregularity of Porphyria’s visits but also the instability of their relationship. This could be a reason why the lover feels insecure and wants to gain control of the relationship. However, this inconsistency could also represent the speaker’s disturbed mind. The poem starts in an iambic tetrameter and continues this way for the first four lines. However, the fifth line does not fit this pattern. This break in tetrameter could be linked to the fact that this line is the first in which the speaker addresses his own actions. ‘I listened with heart fit to break’. The phrase ‘heart fit to break’ links to the iambic tetrameter breaking as the speaker’s heart is breaking, and so does the pattern. Form is used to tell the story of ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ as the rhyme scheme shows the instability of both their relationship, and the lover’s apparent lack of sanity, whilst the iambic tetrameter shows that Porphyria’s lover is heartbroken because of this. The structure of the poem is another useful aspect that Browning uses to tell the story. ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ has been written in one long stanza, rather than in lots of stanzas. This not only builds up the excitement in the reader, but also builds tension as to what the lover will do and when. It could also suggest that the lover
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