Porphyria's Lover
Porphyria's Lover
by Robert Browning


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The language isn't all that difficult in "Porphyria's Lover," and the speaker's matter-of-fact tone means short, simple sentences. Thematically, the poem gets a bit trickier – how are we supposed to approach a poem that describes a murder from the point of view of the unapologetic killer?

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