Emotional Attachment in The Blessed Damozel and Porphyria's Lover

Banks 1
Jerome Banks
3/25/08
ENGL 2122
Dr. Stanton Stone
Out of Class Essay #2

Victorian writers used literature to express explicit emotions through their writings that would have otherwise been suppressed in public. The two different aspects of emotional restrain and emotional release are explored in each writers respective poems, The Blessed Damozel by Dante Rosetti and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning. Each writer explores an emotional attachment that is expressed both implicitly and explicitly as their female interests are praised, and ultimately pursued. This pursuit is sought for the fulfillment of emotional attachment which is attained through their writings.
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arm about her waist, And made her smooth white shoulder bare, And all her yellow hair displaced, And, stooping, made my cheek like there, And spread, o'er all, her yellow hair"(Browning, Lines 16-20). The sheer actions of making her shoulder bare and letting her full yellow hair spread over him expressed other emotions of lust that were seen as taboo in the 19th Century Victorian society, but unconfined through Browning's writing. As Porphyria and her lover's intimacy take on new levels the lovers feel for the moment as he quotes, "That moment she was mine, mine, fair, Perfectly pure and good: I found A thing to do,"(Lines 36-38). This emotional release that was bred in an obsessive passion manifests itself through a love that strangles both lovers. As Porphyria's lover strangles her with her own hair, which he obsessed about earlier in the poem, he becomes strangled by his emotional obsession and notes "No pain felt she; I am quite sure she felt no pain" (Browning, Lines ...

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