Robert Browning Porphyrias Lover

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Published on May 19, 2008

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

Robert Browning “ Porphyria’s Lover”

Robert Browning: Biography 1812-1889 Pauline pub. at age 21 Married poet Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 Elizabeth died in 1861 1869: The Ring and the Book pub. Considered one of the great Victorian poets

1812-1889

Pauline pub. at age 21

Married poet Elizabeth Barrett in 1846

Elizabeth died in 1861

1869: The Ring and the Book pub.

Considered one of the great Victorian poets

Dramatic Monologue Poem in which a single character (not the poet) delivers a speech Speaker indirectly reveals his or her situation and character A silent listener is often implied

Poem in which a single character (not the poet) delivers a speech

Speaker indirectly reveals his or her situation and character

A silent listener is often implied

What is Porphyria? Archaic term for the color “purple” (Greek porphura , meaning “purple pigment”) A disease characterized by overproduction of porphyrins Causes urine to appear purple Hallucinations, anxiety, depression, paranoia Seizures Abdominal pain Receding gums Pale skin Vampires and werewolves? Famous cases: George III, King of England; Mary, Queen of Scots; Vincent Van Gogh; King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon

Archaic term for the color “purple” (Greek porphura , meaning “purple pigment”)

A disease characterized by overproduction of porphyrins

Causes urine to appear purple

Hallucinations, anxiety, depression, paranoia

Seizures

Abdominal pain

Receding gums

Pale skin

Vampires and werewolves?

Famous cases: George III, King of England; Mary, Queen of Scots; Vincent Van Gogh; King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon

“ Porphyria’s Lover” Appeared in 1836 Earliest dramatic monologue ABABB rhyme scheme Iambic tetrameter Tableau vivant

Appeared in 1836

Earliest dramatic monologue

ABABB rhyme scheme

Iambic tetrameter

Tableau vivant

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