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My Last Duchess

Robert Browning

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2002-09-30
Added by: seraph
everyone is reading too far INTO this. this is a satiracal poem attacking the leaders of his time.
Masterpiece!!!
2002-10-29
Added by: Eucresia Ilthoniel
A great poem i read during highschool (yr10) and appreciated eventhough my classmates found it very confusing. But after re-reading it, it becomes an easy read.

This poem shows the talents of great writers of the Victorian Times. Browning can emit many emotions clearly to the reader. A masterpiece that is worth while reading!
the smile
2002-11-06
Added by: Jennifer
Does anyone else see the irony in the painting? He keeps it hidden, it is a painting of her smiling for the painter and not him! With this he is confessing that he could not control her then or now, he could only hide her away, or kill her. Even now she is not obeying his unspoken rules!
Bob Browning
2002-11-07
Added by: claire
My Last Duchess is a well-rounded, eloquent poem. I believe it represents the best use of dramatic monologue I have seen.
2002-11-15
Added by: Tempz
After reading this poem i actually find myself feeling sorry for the Duke! Strangely enough i can find pity for someone who is so completely controlled by the love of power that he cannot see that murder is a sin.
2002-11-18
Added by: Heidi
The Duches and the Duke were neither innocent of crime. The duchess because of her infedelity to the men that gave her gifts such as "the bough of cherries some oficious fool/ Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule." The Duke was not oblivious to that fact, and he could no longer stand her openess of infedelity, perhaps he thought it a slight to his digity or pride. instead of suffering he had her killed. The Duke sin was not rewarding; for the painting was there to forever remind him of her in his passion of hate, jealousy, or love. Which ever the case was for the duke he kept the painting, as if to hide the blushes that were forever kept in the painting for himself. In killing the duchess he accomplished what he wanted in th first place, the right to he blushes and attention

The author, Robert Browning, portrays the duke as a malicious character,and the Duchess as the innnocent victim. Yet, as I've said neither was victim or killer. They both contribued to the result of ther actions.
Alfonzo
2002-11-20
Added by: Thomas


Alfonzo II has to realize that his wife is going to talk to other people. I agree with Kate. The duke is an asshole. If his wife couldn't have a social life she wouldn't be able to carry a a happy life. Al he cared about was himself.
Chauvinism
2002-11-27
Added by: Sabelo
The true epitome of chauvinism indeed. Do notice also how suspicion crept in his heart, through how apt and accurate Fra' Randolf had painted the duchess " the spot of joy".Also do note the 'celebration of Chauvinism' when he says, " See how neptune....
2002-12-20
Added by: pritey
I think that when the ducke killed his duchess he did not fell sorry about her. He felt that she deserve this because of her smilling to other people and to prove this we can see in the poem when he talks to one of his servents while he was talking about her.
2002-12-20
Added by: pritey
I think that when the ducke killed his duchess he did not fell sorry about her. He felt that she deserve this because of her smilling to other people and to prove this we can see in the poem when he talks to one of his servents while he was talking about her.

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