Porphyria's Lover
Porphyria's Lover
by Robert Browning

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What is the poet’s signature style?

Murdering beautiful women and then admiring their beautiful corpses

If you think that "Porphyria's Lover" is Browning's only dramatic monologue in which the psychopathic speaker murders a beautiful woman, think again: "My Last Duchess" covers similar ground. All of Browning's dramatic monologues are written from the point of view of a deeply disturbed speaker, but not all of them involve the kind of murderous objectification of women that you find in "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess."

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