After our in class discussion, I changed my interpretation of this poem; however, I am first going to blog about what I originally thought of the poem.
"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 to-night'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 worshipped me; surprise" (21-33)
After I read this quote, I thought that the woman had cheated on her lover. It sounded as if she was too weak to control her urges, but she came back to him. This showed the speaker her loyalty to him so he chose to kill her in order to never lose her again. However, after hearing Jess's definition of Porphyria, I changed my mind. I am not sure whether I think the speaker or the woman is sick with Porphyria. It could be the man because he is clearly not right in the head in that he would kill his lover. However, the speaker's description of the woman being weak and pale also describes that of a sick person.