Victorian poet, who is particularly famous for his dramatic monologues in verse form. The imagery of a man playing with a dead corpse in this way is intensely disturbing. This makes the reader question everything the speaker has said in the poem thus far.
He believes that she would have wanted to be with him forever, and to see the rest of her worldly concerns fade. He married another poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who was rather more popular and successful than him. Nonetheless, in this particular moment, she seems to be all his. This is why he knows that even if she wants to give herself to him in this moment in time, she would never give herself to him forever. While the speaker is alone in a small cottage that seemed barely able to withstand the rain and wind, Porphyria had just come from a fancy party. He has her in his arms and looks into her eyes and sees genuine love for him there. Its a stormy evening. Suddenly, the speaker has transformed from a poor, love sick man to a deranged killer. For love of her, and all in vain: These lines reveal that Porphyria left a gay feast just to come through the storm to see him. Lines 52-55 The smiling rosy little head, So glad it has its utmost will, That all it scorned at once is fled, And I, its love, am gained instead! At this point, the speaker reduces Porphyria to a mere object. She left a fancy party because she couldnt stand the thought of his being alone and sick with love for her.