Browning was born in Camberwell on 7 May 1812. He was an English poet and playwright. His dramatic verse and especially his dramatic monologues were what got him to be considered one of the foremost Victorian poets. Robert was raised in a household full of significant literary resources. His mother, whom he was very close with, was a devout nonconformist as well as a talented musician. Since childhood Browning had an encouraged interest in literature and the arts. By the age of 12, he had written his first poetry book! Unfortunately however, he burnt it when he could not find a publisher. Many of Roberts poems revolve around love and romance, but he almost always includes a dark edge to his work. This is why I am so interested in his poetry. I find that any poet who can play on people’s emotions to this extent, by moving from a gentle feel in his work to more of a violent and dramatic exit, is extremely talented in his or her art. His poem titled “Porphyria’s Lover” did exactly this! This poem takes the perspective of a man telling us some kind of a story. In it, he speaks of a girl with whom he was in love. The way he spoke about her, all I as a reader could sense was his innocence and love for this girl. However, when she comes to him, he speaks of how he strangles her with her hair; “…and all her hair/In one long yellow string I wound, Three times her little throat around, And strangled her.” Porphyria’s lover/ the man, then talks of the corpse’s blue eyes, golden hair, and describes the feeling of happiness that this murder gives him. Here we see the darker edge to the poetry and experience the dramatic exit which is was talking of. This poem evoked my emotions as a reader as many of his poems have. This was the first of his poems to examine abnormal psychology, but many of the poems he wrote throughout his career followed this. It reminded me of the movie the orphan, only because the character in it seemed so innocent until later on. This poem is the exact same thing.
The poems I read by Robert Browning, especially Porphyria’s Lover, made me wonder about how the Robert himself is as a person. I would like to find out more about whether the poems he writes portray his true character in reality. I would like to look more into this and compare the poems he has written to his personality and perspectives on certain topics. It would also be very interesting to see reflections he has perhaps written on his own poetry or the meaning behind it.