Slides in this set

Slide 1

Preview of page 1

The Laboratory
Robert Browning
Commentary on the poem…read more

Slide 2

Preview of page 2

Where the
The time is the people
Ancien Regime.. associated with
the King meet
A time of A time for love
France in the privilege
18th century affairs
for the at court
But in a laboratory... A lady is plotting
to murder her rival
Away from
the court..…read more

Slide 3

Preview of page 3

In the laboratory the lady talks
to the alchemist - the "old man."
It's a dramatic
We only hear the voice of the lady given to her rival in love
never the alchemist a poison that can be
We build up a picture She has asked him to
of what's happening
She is with him in the
We learn about laboratory as he prepares it
the "story"…read more

Slide 4

Preview of page 4

The lady is curious about the alchemist'
She goes to the s methods
laboratory- to
observe She wears a mask to
protect her from the fumes
Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly,
May gaze thro' these faint smokes curling
Makes the process seem
She is looking
mysterious and beautiful
Through description Browning has established
that the lady is taking more than
a casual interest…read more

Slide 5

Preview of page 5

It's made clear that the lady is speaking to
Informal 2nd Establishes relationship-
person she is the social
As a creator of poisons The laboratory
As thou pliest thy trade in this devil's-smithy--
where evil work
Which is the poison to poison her, prithee?
The is carried out
Establishe Pray thee -
question Repetition of s please
is direct poison victim's A polite request
- nothing makes gender about
to hide it more sinister a sinister action…read more

Slide 6

Preview of page 6

A dactyl= one strong stress followed by 2 weak
The lady speaks quickly and eagerly
The rhythm of the poem, =weak stress
written in dactyls, helps here
= strong stress
He is with her; and they know that I know
Where they are, what they do: they believe my tears flow
While they laugh, laugh at me, at me fled to the drear
Empty church, to pray God in, for them! -- I am here.
The repetition also She finishes on
makes her seem excited a triumphant note…read more

Slide 7

Preview of page 7
Preview of page 7

Slide 8

Preview of page 8
Preview of page 8

Slide 9

Preview of page 9
Preview of page 9

Slide 10

Preview of page 10
Preview of page 10


No comments have yet been made

Similar English Literature resources:

See all English Literature resources »