Robert Browning and Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems Analysis
For this journal assignment, read the poems of Robert Browning and Gerard Manley Hopkins listed in the module resources.
Compare a dramatic monologue by Browning, such as "Porphyria's Lover" or "The Last Duchess," with one of Hopkins' sonnets, such as "No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief" or "My own heart let me have more have pity on; let," and answer the following questions: What are the effects of a Browning monologue compared to a Hopkins sonnet on both reader and auditor? Consider the ways in which rhythm, diction, verse form, and mood contribute to the believability, authenticity, and dramatic effect of the two poems. How does juxtaposing these two poems provide insight into the way public and private emotion is expressed in Victorian poetry?