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Porphyria's Lover (Poem by Robert Browning)


Porphyrias Lover Facts:

  • "Porphyria's Lover" is a poem by Robert Browning.
  • First published as "Porphyria" in the January 1836 issue of Monthly Repository.
  • The poem did not receive its definitive title until 1863.
  • First of Browning's poems to examine abnormal psychology.
  • It has been suggested that a possible inspiration for the poem is John Wilson's "Extracts from Gosschen's Diary" (a murder account published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1818).
Full Text of "Porphyrias Lover":

The rain set early in tonight,
The sullen wind was soon awake,
It tore the elm-tops down for spite,
And did its worst to vex the lake:
I listened with heart fit to break.
When glided in Porphyria; straight
She shut the cold out and the storm,
And kneeled and made the cheerless grate
Blaze up, and all the cottage warm;
Which done, she rose, and from her form
Withdrew the dripping cloak and shawl,
And laid her soiled gloves by, untied
Her hat and let the damp hair fall,
And, last, she sat down by my side
And called me. When no voice replied,
She put my arm about her waist,
And made her smooth white shoulder bare,
And all her yellow hair displaced,
And, stooping, made my cheek lie there,
And spread, o'er all, her yellow hair,
Murmuring how she loved me — she
Too weak, for all her heart's endeavor,
To set its struggling passion free
From pride, and vainer ties dissever,
And give herself to me forever.
But passion sometimes would prevail,
Nor could tonight's gay feast restrain
A sudden thought of one so pale
For love of her, and all in vain:
So, she was come through wind and rain.
Be sure I looked up at her eyes
Happy and proud; at last I knew
Porphyria worshiped me: surprise
Made my heart swell, and still it grew
While I debated what to do.
That moment she was mine, mine, fair,
Perfectly pure and good: I found
A thing to do, and all her hair
In one long yellow string I wound
Three times her little throat around,
And strangled her. No pain felt she;
I am quite sure she felt no pain.
As a shut bud that holds a bee,
I warily oped her lids: again
Laughed the blue eyes without a stain.
And I untightened next the tress
About her neck; her cheek once more
Blushed bright beneath my burning kiss:
I propped her head up as before,
Only, this time my shoulder bore
Her head, which droops upon it still:
The smiling rosy little head,
So glad it has its utmost will,
That all it scorned at once is fled,
And I, its love, am gained instead!
Porphyria's love: she guessed not how
Her darling one wish would be heard.
And thus we sit together now,
And all night long we have not stirred,
And yet God has not said a word!

A illustrated comic version of the poem is found here at www.scottmccloud.com.


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Bridge Suit Order (Mnemonic) Spades Hearts Diamonds Clubs



Mnemonic for order of the suits in bridge (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs)


Sally Has Dirty Children

Sally . . Spades
Has . . Hearts
Dirty . . Diamonds
Children . . Clubs

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English and British Monarchs (Mnemonic Poem)

A useful poem to help remember the order of the English and British Monarchs.

Willie Willie Harry Stee (William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen)
Harry Dick John Harry three; (Henry II, Richard I, John, Henry III)
One two three Neds, Richard two (Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II)
Harrys four five six, then who? (Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI)
Edwards four five, Dick the bad, (Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III)
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad); (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI)
Mary, Bessie, James you ken, (Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I)
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again... (Charles I, Charles II, James II)
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria, (William III, Mary II, Anne)
Georges four, Will four, Victoria; (George I, George II , George III , George IV , William IV , Victoria )
Edward seven next, and then (Edward VII)
Came George the fifth in nineteen-ten; (George V)
Ned the eighth soon abdicated (Edward VIII)
Then George six was coronated; (George VI)
After which Elizabeth (Elizabeth II)
Has the throne, until her death

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Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares (Mnemonic)


Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares (KPCOFGS) is another mnemonic for remembering the classification of living organisms. See other Kings Play Chess mnemonics.

Kings - Kingdom
Play - Phylum
Chess - Class
On - Order
Funny - Family
Green - Genus
Squares - Species

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Image - Green Squares by docman (cc)


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Species (Biology Classification)



Definitions:

  • A group of organisms capable of interbreeding & also producing fertile offspring of both genders, and which are separated from other such groups with which interbreeding does not (typically) happen.
  • Some definitions focus on the similarity of the DNA or bioloogical morphology.
  • Some species are also further subdivided into subspecies.
Species Basic Facts:
  • In biology, a species is a taxonomic rank.
  • It is the basic rank of biological classification.
  • Estimated to be around 2-100 million different species.
  • When a species is named, it is placed within a genus.
  • The name for a species is a two-part name (binomial name) comprising Genus & species.
History of Species Concept:
  • Aristotle used the words genus & species to mean generic & specific categories.
  • Carolus Linnaeus (18th century) classified organisms according to differences in the form of reproductive structures.
  • Linnaeus strove to find organisms that were exemplary of the species; he then considered other non-exemplary organisms to be deviant.
  • Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1809 Zoological Philosophy) gave a logical argument against creationism.
  • Charles Darwin in the 1860s introduced his natural selection idea which went on to surpass that of Lamarck.
  • Charles Darwin & Alfred Wallace produced the theory of evolution.
  • Gregor Mendel's important paper on genetics (published in 1866) was not fully appreciated until around 1900.
Range of Species Terms:
  • Biological / Isolation species
  • Biological / reproductive species
  • Cohesion species
  • Ecological species
  • Evolutionary / Darwinian species
  • Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU)
  • Genetic species
  • Mate-recognition species
  • Microspecies
  • Morphological species
  • Phenetic species
  • Phylogenetic / Cladistic
  • Recognition species
  • Typological species

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