English Porphyria

Topics: Simile, Metaphor, Figures of speech Pages: 2 (573 words) Published: April 10, 2011
Porphyria’s Lover is a story that has many literary elements, in my opinion it’s a sick and twisted story that uses a lot of imagery, metaphors and personification. This story is about a girl named Porphyria and her lover and Porphyria is on her way home from a rainy day and when she gets home she makes the house nice and warm. She hugs her lover and he feels her yellow hair, she lies next to him and he suddenly strangles her, after he kills her he opens her eyes and he puts his arm around her waist and acts if she is still alive. Imagery is being used throughout the poem with the images he makes of Porphyria. In Porphyria the speaker uses a lot of imagery in his text; he refers to her yellow hair constantly using imagery because we picture blonde hair. The speaker of "Porphyria's Lover" opens by describing the storm outside. Oddly, he describes the storm with adjectives that suggest that the weather is conscious of what it's doing. Porphyia doesn’t get a direct dialogue in the story but her eyes do a lot of talking because he refers to her blue eyes a lot. The author seems to like to use similes and metaphors in his text as well. In Lines 43-44: This is a weird simile. The speaker compares Porphyria's closed eyes to a closed flower "bud" with a "bee" inside. Is he afraid of getting stung by her eyes when he opens them again, there is also alliteration (the repeated "b" sounds) connects the "bud" and the "bee."Line 45: The speaker is using synecdoche by making Porphyria's "blue eyes" represent the whole woman. After all, "eyes" don't "laugh" by themselves. But there's also an odd metaphor at the end of the line. What kind of "stain" could the eyes have, does he mean that they're clear, and not bloodshot (as you might expect the eyes of a strangled woman to be)? Or does he mean that, by dying, the "stain" of Porphyria's sin is gone? Or is he saying that there's no "stain" of his sin of killing her visible in her eyes. The speaker uses...
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