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My Last Duchess

Tecca Zimmerman Lit and Society Professor Peresie 4/10/12 The Worth of My Last Duchess Worthwhile literature has four basic elements, or characteristics that help to qualify a work as a worthwhile piece of literature. The four characteristics that help determine a piece of literature to be worthy of reading and studying are that it creates a lasting impression, it stretches the reader’s imagination, it is an aesthetically pleasing experience, and finally, it communicates across cultural...

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My last duchess

 My Last Duchess Question: Write about a poem set well in the past, but which remains relevant today. Explain why, despite the difference in time, the main concerns of the poem remains relevant to you. A poem which is set well in the past but remains relevant in today’s society is ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. The poem remains relevant today as even nowadays there are people who possess similar characteristics as the Duke; the abusive use of power in some societies is still relevant...

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My Last Duchess

 The Duke and His Duchess What would one expect a mans personality and traits to be like if he was to send his wife away for being to easily impressed and made happy too soon? It is just the man Robert Browning portrays in his poem “My Last Duchess” as the Duke who explains a painting of his late wife in a dramatic dialogue. A quick glance at “ My Last Duchess” readers can easily pick up on at least one element: arrogance. The speaker of the poem exhibits arrogance rooted in his audacious sense...

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My Last Duchess Analysis

My Last Duchess’ and ‘Things’ are both poems differing incredibly in length and structure, however they share and underlying sinister tone, conveyed by the eerie imagery both poets choose to write about.
 In Robert Browning’s poem, ‘My Last Duchess’, the first major source of imagery we encounter is the detail about the portrait of the Duchess on the wall, and the fictional author, Fra Pandolf. Boasting about the painting on the wall, the Duke adopts a cold and dispassionate tone when talking...

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My Last Duchess Analysis

In Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess," a portrait of the egocentric and power loving Duke of Ferrara is painted for us. Although the duke's monologue appears on the surface to be about his late wife, a close reading will show that the mention of his last duchess is merely a side note in his self-important speech. Browning uses the dramatic monologue form very skillfully to show us the controlling, jealous, and arrogant traits the duke possessed without ever mentioning them explicitly. The first...

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My Last Duchess

Through “My Last Duchess”, Browning exposes the innermost characteristics of the Duke of Ferrara. The Duke is the speaker of the poem and is hashing out the details of another marriage with an emissary from a Count when he draws a curtain to reveal a magnificent fresco of the Duke’s Last Duchess. The emissary voices a question about the expression on her face, an “earnest glance” of “depth and passion” (line 8), prompting the Duke’s monologue. Looking upon the artwork, the Duke praises “Fra Pandolf’s...

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Analysis of My Last Duchess

The Duke and the Duchess Victoria Overton Introduction to Literature Dr. Elliott-White June 4, 2012 The Duke and the Duchess Murder, mystery and intrigue can all be used to describe Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess." From the speakers' indirect allusions to the death of his wife the reader could easily think that the speaker committed a vengeful crime out of jealousy. His elaborate speech confuses and disguises any possible motives, and the mystery is left unsolved. Even if he did...

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My Last Duchess

Setting and Background The setting of "My Last Duchess," a highly acclaimed 1842 poem by Robert Browning, is the palace of the Duke of Ferrara on a day in October 1564. Ferrara is in northern Italy, between Bologna and Padua, on a branch of the Po River. The city was the seat of an important principality ruled by the House of Este from 1208 to 1598. The Este family constructed an imposing castle in Ferrara beginning in 1385 and, over the years, made Ferrara an important center of arts and learning...

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My Last Duchess

Discuss My Last Duchess as an example of a well constructed dramatic monologue. Robert Browning used the poetic device of the dramatic monologue in his poem "My Last Duchess."  One advantage of using this device is that it allows the speaker's own words to reveal, celebrate, or, in this case, condemn his behavior.  The speaker in "My Last Duchess" is the Duke, loosely based on the historical figure, the Duke of Ferrara whose own young wife died under mysterious circumstances. Browning writes the...

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My Last Duchess

Discuss Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess’ as a Dramatic Monologue A Dramatic monologue is a form of poetry where the speaker in the poem gives the readers a deep insight into his thoughts. It is different from a soliloquy since a dramatic monologue always has an implied audience. Dramatic monologue although originated well before the 19th century, it was popularized by Victorian poets like Browning, Tennyson and Dante Rossetti. Browning has experimented with this form of poetry to such depths that dramatic...

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