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  • My Last Duchess
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    Robert Browning (1812-1889); "My Last Duchess" Many poems must be read more than once to be fully understood. It is often that one may notice something that wasn't noticed the first time around. It is also possible for a poem to be read once, and have received the full meaning. Sometimes poems leave one thinking because the poem doesn't provide enough information for an affirmative conclusion. "My Last Duchess" provides examples of leaving readers unclear of the full meaning, and unclear of affi...
  • Brownings My Last Duchess
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    In Brownings My Last Duchess, it appears that the Duke would have had the Duchess attend only to him. The Duchess is portrayed as someone that is easily pleased. In the passages: twas not Her husband's presence only, called that spot Of joy into the Duchess' cheek She had A heart - how shall I say - too soon made glad, Too easily impressed; she liked what " er She looked on, and her looks went everywhere. Browning conveys to us that the Duchess could be easily impressed. Through his use of words...
  • Duke Looks Back To The Portrait
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    My Last Duchess My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue about a duke who is showing the portrait of his first wife, the duchess, to a servant of his future father-in-law, the Count. In a dramatic monologue, the speaker addresses a distinct but silent audience. Through his speech, the speaker unintentionally reveals his own personality. As such, in reading this poem, the reader finds the duke to be self-centered, arrogant, controlling, chauvinistic and a very jealous man. The m...
  • Duke Of Ferrara's Wife
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    Sarah Conrad English 2413 Dr. Amy Murphy 14 February 2000 The Duke of Ferrara: Characterization and Depiction The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word 'officious' during the 19th century as 'eager to please; attentive, obliging. ' In the dramatic monologue, My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, this word describes a servant that is volunteering his service unnecessarily to the Duke of Ferrara's wife. Although the speaker, the Duke of Ferrara, is speaking of this servant in a negative manner,...
  • Two Times In The Poem The Duke
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    My Last Duchess A dramatic monologue is defined as a poem in which a single character is speaking to a person or persons- usually about an important topic. The purpose of most dramatic monologues is to provide the reader with an overall or intimate view of the character's personality. A great poet can use punctuation and rhythm to make the poem appear as if it were an actual conversation. Robert Browning, known as the father of the dramatic monologue, does this in his poem, My Last Duchess. The ...
  • Duke Of Ferrara And His Duchess
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    In Robert Browning's dramatic monologue 'My Last Duchess'; there are two characters that many people can be compared to in the world today. The two characters are Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara and his Duchess. Throughout the monologue the duke is described as being conceited, arrogant and perhaps maybe even psychotic. While his Duchess is the opposite of him, a person who enjoys life and everything it has to offer. The Duke is somewhat of a conceited person because of the comments he makes. In one...
  • Count's Agent About His Last Wife
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    Susan Ferrell July 29, 1998 Portrait of a Murderer An Analysis of the Duke in Robert Browning's, My Last Duchess Robert Browning's poem, My Last Duchess is probably his most famous dramatic monologue and is an excellent example of this form of poetry (Landow). Dramatic monologue is a one-sided literary composition in which the speaker gradually reveals his character (Browning). The speaker in this poem is the duke of Ferrara, who is addressing a second character, an agent of a count whose daught...
  • Duke And The Envoy
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    DOMINATION OF THE DUCHESS Robert Browning's poem 'My last Duchess'; is spoken from the perspective of the Duke and conveys the Dukes personality through the literary form of a dramatic monologue. It involves a fictional account of the Duke addressing an envoy from the Count to talk of details for the hopeful marriage to the Count's daughter. The subtitle of this monologue is 'Ferrara,' ; which suggests an historical reference to Alfonso II, the fifth Duke of Ferrara in Italy in the mid-sixteenth...
  • Meaning Of The Duke's Words
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    Poets often use literary techniques to clearly convey the personalities of their speakers. In " My Last Duchess", Robert Browning uses point of view, diction, and imagery to achieve a powerful effect, underlining the attitude and personality of the Duke. In a dramatic monologue, character development is based on what the speaker says, and how he says it. In "My Last Duchess", the speaker of the monologue addresses a fictional audience, and the reader is seen as an unnoticed third party. It is be...
  • Duke
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    I read a critical article on Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess". I confess it was harder to find something in the NCLC's than I would " ve thought. There was a considerable accumulation of critiques on Browning's work, but very little on "My Last Duchess". The article I found concentrated mostly on the Duke in the poem, and our reactions to him, stating that " [t] he utter outrageousness of the Duke's behavior makes condemnation the least interesting response... ". The title of the article was ...
  • Joachim Von Ribbentrop And Benito Mussolini
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    War is a horrific experience made worse by those who try to control it for their own advantage. In Famous Last Words, Timothy Findley creates a world of intrigue as he describes the tales of conspiracy and corruption for world domination. That made World War II far worse than it otherwise would have been. This is shown through the relationships of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Benito Mussolini. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are prominent people in society, who wa...
  • Mention Of The Duke's Love Of Control
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    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...
  • Duke In My Last Duchess
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    Consider The Presentation Of Evil Characters In Poetry: Shakespeares Richard, Robert Browning The three pieces of poetry I will be looking at, Shakespeares Richard, Robert Brownings My last Duchess and W.H. Auden's Victor share the same central relationship: the evilness and cruelty of their main characters. In most cases, this is fuelled by the character's jealousy, although all three appear respectable when taken at face value. Each piece of poetry differs in structure since they are from 3 di...
  • My Last Duchess
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    In his poem, My Last Duchess, Robert Browning uses the description of a painting as the premise through which he paints his own subtle portrait of the speaker. Through his self-absorbed rambling monologue concerning his former wife, the Duke inadvertently reveals much more about himself than he does (as the title would suggest) his last Duchess. With his opening line, That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, / Looking as if she were alive, the Duke of Ferrara begins a long speech that ultimat...
  • Duke And Porphyria's Lover
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    Both these poems were written in the mid-1800's, by Robert Browning, and are examples of his earlier works. He was one of the pioneers of the dramatic monologue form, which is used in both the poems. Browning described the dramatic monologue form as "Action in character, rather than character in action". He means that the personality and thoughts of the character are revealed in the poem, and it is not centered on their actions. The form allows the poet to hide behind a fictitious first person s...
  • Poem The Duke
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    In the dramatic monologue the poet disappears behind the 'I speaker' reveals himself to the reader not just by his actions but by the way he expresses himself. He reveals his psychological state of mind to us and we feel we have come to know him. Disc In the dramatic monologue the poet disappears behind the 'I speaker' reveals himself to the reader not just by his actions but by the way he expresses himself. Discuss with reference to: 'My Last Duchess'- Robert Browning, 'Porphyria's lover'- Robe...
  • Poem Through The Dukes
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    My Last Duchess By Robert Browning In Robert Browning's monologue poem? My Last Duchess, ? the author employs many literary techniques to convey the overriding jealous, controlling demeanor of the persona, the Duke. The poem, through the Dukes careful words, illustrates that appearances can indeed be deceiving. In the first line Browning immediately withdraws the persona from the poem, saying directly to the envoy, and thus the reader? there's my last Duchess painted on the wall? (1). Only four ...

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