1.1 "In one long yellow string I
wound // Three times her
little throat around // And
1.2 The speaker throttles Porphyria as
soon as she confesses her love to
him so that he can bring the power
back over to him and be dominant
1.2.1 This shows his selfishness
and greed for power, because
as soon as the tables turn
and Porphyria has done
something to make him feel
small, he has to react in a
larger way to sway the power
back onto his side.
126.96.36.199 This also relates to the time that it
was written because when
Browning wrote the poem, men
were the dominant gender in
society, and it was seen as rude for
a woman to overpower a man.
1.3 This is similar to Macbeth
because Macbeth kills
people to maintain his
power over his kingdom,
and the speaker in
Porphyria's Lover kills
Porphyria to maintain his
control over her.
2.1 The rhythm of the poem is constant, which
suggests the speaker has a need for order.
2.1.1 This somewhat explains his acts
towards Porphyria. He does not like
that she has suddenly taken charge
of the situation by sitting on his lap,
so he kills her to restore the order.
188.8.131.52 There is also a rhyme every
second line, which also suggests
the speaker's desire for order.
2.1.2 Similar to Macbeth because whenever Macbeth or
another noble is talking in the play, Shakespeare wrote
in iambic pentameter or rhyming couplets the entire
time, usually. This highlights Macbeth's status compared
to other characters such as the witches, whereas with
the speaker in Porphyria's Lover, it more suggests that
he has a desire for order.