My Last Duchess

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"My Last Duchess", by Robert Browning, is a poem telling a story, [?wealthy of - I think you mean rich in] various poetic techniques and literary devices. The title of this poem reveals that the speaker, a duke, [?which is - or 'i.e.'] "a sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries" according to, is referring to his last wife. The story of this poem perhaps has a historical allusion: a reference to a similar occurrence in history. The speaker, in "My Last Duchess", talks about his last wife pointing to a painting of her on the wall. Personification is used when the speaker says, "Looking as if she were alive", [I wouldn't really call this personification. Look up 'pathetic fallacy'. It's only a very mild case of p.f., though, as one would expect a portrait to 'look alive'] in order to describe the painting's beauty since it looks so real. This could also suggest that the duchess is not alive. The speaker goes on [?to utter about - not really idiomatic; 'to talk about'] the painting, as he, again, uses personification which is symbolizing the "depth" and "passion" of the painting, and revealing his last wife's glamour. [Think 'irony' here. Do you notice anything about the way the duke talks about the painting, and the way he talks about the actual person?] The duke discloses his protectiveness of his wife as he uses a metaphor, in the parentheses in lines eight and nine, about curtains that only he has permission to draw. The phrase "spot of joy" in lines fourteen and fifteen is a metaphor comparing the splendour and beauty of the duchess's cheek which caught a lot of attention. [Perhaps she just blushed very easily.] The speaker later employs personification [?to describe how the duchess looked at everything and everywhere - You may want to reconsider this.]. This had seemingly bothered the duke [very much so - not really idiomatic; either 'very much' or 'a great deal']. The imagery and examples provided in lines...