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Psychological Portraits
Browning’s poems are a psychological study of characters.

Browning is a poet who loves to study human psychology and soul. Browning’s characters are usually crafty, intelligent, argumentative, mentally unstable and capable of lying. In his poem, “Porphyria’s Lover” , “Fra Lippo Lippi.” , “Andrea del Sarto,” And “ A Gramerrian’s Furnel”, he successfully reflects psychological effects of characters. He introduces different types of characters to the reader and all the character are represented in different psychology. Each poem of him is related with human mind and soul. In“Porphyria’s Lover” he shows to reader the effect of a true beloved’s soul, at the highest moment of love and happiness death is not painful to a woman. Possession of a women like property makes a man proud and cruel. In “Fra Lippo Lippi ”he shows that an art will be life like when an artist will be true observer of life and nature. An artist should be free from all restriction so that he could be able to bring soul in art. In “Andrea del Sarto,” He wants to prove that any creation will be complete when there will be inspiration. Frustration is one of the hindrance of fame. A disorder mind is unable to create perfection. In “ A Gramerrian’s Furnel” he portraits that man’s soul is immortal and that no effort made on this earth will be wasted.

Browning’s use of the grotesque links him to novelist Charles Dickens, who filled his fiction with people from all strata of society, including the aristocracy and the very poor. Like Dickens, Browning created characters who were capable of great evil. The early poem “Porphyria’s Lover” (1836) begins with the lover describing the arrival of Porphyria, then it quickly descends into a depiction of her murder at his hands. To make the image even more grotesque, the speaker strangles Porphyria with her own blond hair. . The speaker lives in a cottage in the countryside. His lover, a blooming young woman named Porphyria,...
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