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  • 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 ...
  • Speaker In The Poem
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    A dramatic monologue is a poem in which a single speaker who is not the poet recites the entire poem at a critical moment. The speaker has a listener within the poem, but the reader of the poem is also one of the speakers listeners. In a dramatic monologue, the reader learns about the speaker's character from what the speaker says. Robert Browning is said to have perfected this form of writing. One of his most famous dramatic monologues is 'My Last Duchess. ' The speaker in the poem is an Italia...
  • Porphyria's Lover And My Last Duchess
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    (WOODS 1) Carlos Woods Basic Study of Literature Dr. Nielsen Research Paper The Lover and the Duke The creation of a character within literature is one of the most difficult challenges to a writer, and development to a level at which the reader identifies with them can take a long time. However, through the masterful use of poetic devices and language Browning is able to create two living and breathing characters in sixty or less lines. When one examines these works one has to that they are quit...
  • Last Stanza Of The Poem
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    James Dickey's "On the Hill Below the Lighthouse" best reminds me of the Lord Alfred Tennyson. Upon first reading Dickey's poem, a deep yearning and sentimental emotion is achieved. There is a great sense of not regret but of something that the narrator longs for. This can be seen in the last stanza of the poem. "Now that I can be sure of my sleep; The moon is held strongly within it. A woman comes true when I think her. Shade swings, and she lies against me. Let us lie in the returning light; L...
  • Importance Of The Use Of Fra Pandolf
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    In Robert Browning's poem, My Last Duchess, the imagery of wealth and power are cleverly illustrated through the use of the fictitious painter, Fra Pandolf. The use of Fra Pandolf by Robert Browning is to clearly indicate to us the reader that it was a very expensive painting. The imagery of wealth in this poem is used to divulge cruelty or evil intent. We see the cruelty in his character, with the callous way he revealed he had murdered his wife, I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped. There ...
  • Similarity The Duke And The Man Share
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    Nicholas hola English 1156/3/05 West Comparing speakers: My last duchess and porphyria's lover The great poet Robert Browning, who created the poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria's lover, had an interesting taste for speakers of his poems. He seems to be fond of violent, sexual and eccentric people to narrate his intriguing poems. In his poem Porphyira's Lover, a dramatic monologue, a man in a cottage talks of a woman who brings cheer to his house when she appears out of the storm outside. When ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Poem The Individual Poet
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    It is the only experience that everyone is guaranteed. Some do it together and some do it alone; but in the end everyone dies. The inevitability of death has inspired many poets. Whether it is accepted death as in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, or a plea for someone not to go as in Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas, or a forced demise as in the poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning. In each poem the individual poet who penned them perceives death quit...
  • Scene For The Poem Porphyrias Lover
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    In Browning's poems 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyrias Lover' it is evident that the same theme runs through both of these poems; men and their power over women. In Victorian society, the time when these poems were written the woman's role was to stay at home and become a faithful and obedient wife and a caring mother. The most important figure in a relationship was the man. Therefore women's role and self worth was based of that of her husbands social status in the Victorian community. This kind...
  • 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...
  • Second Poem My Last Duchess
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    Love poetry often portrays an image of intimacy, an unbreakable bond between a man and a woman; this however is not always the case. The two poems by Robert Browning, "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess" are very different from what you would typically expect of a love poem. Each poem involves a murder. The first poem, "Porphyria's Lover" is set in a small cottage isolated in a wilderness of trees, which is more suited to the horror genre, as is the weather. It is a stormy night: "The rain ...

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