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Perspectives On Women In Browning's Poetry Among the recurring themes from the poetry of Robert Browning, is that of woman, and it's this I have chosen to concentrate on. In The first of the poems I've chosen to look at, Porphyria's Lover, '' Browning initially defines the female personality as the one using the power, but this in necessarily removed from her. In the opening lines of the poem: 'The rain set early in tonight, The sullen wind was soon awake' we get a sense of forboding because the landscape of this poem seems to reflect the frame of mind of the narrator, this is further explored in the next two lines where the speaker describes the weather as spiteful. All the narrator can do at this stage in the poem will be hear the weather out and he's completely helpless. ' I listened with heart fit to break.' However when Porphyria enters the poem, she transforms the circumstances by replacing chilly with heat and looks completely untouched by the weather though it is she who has been out inside. 'And kneeled and made the cheerless grate Blaze up and all the cottage warm' Porphyria's activities now in the poem look effortless in direct comparison to the impotence of her lover. Porphyria continues to take control at this stage from the poem by removing the proof of the wet, cold weather outside, and even when her lover is unresponsive she manipulates the situation, moving his arm round her and placing his head upon her shoulder. We see at this stage that her lover is the weaker of the two, but that is soon altered as in the lines: 'Too weak for all her heart's endeavour, To set its struggling passion free From pride' We finally see Porphyria called feeble,.