Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' My Last Duchess ' And ' The Raven '

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The two poems I am going to discuss are Robert Browning‘s ‘My Last Duchess’ , and Edgar Allen Poe‘s ‘The Raven’ . I will discuss the way the forms of the poems and how their different structures, one being written in verse and the other in dramatic monologue, effect the reader’s interpretation, lead to an unreliable narrator. I will discuss the use of rhyme and rhythm, and also how the speaker’s psyche and strong emotions, like anger and jealousy in ‘My Last Duchess’ and madness in ‘The Raven’ alter the speaker’s reliability.
‘My Last Duchess’ is written in the form of a dramatic monologue, and uses iambic pentameter to mimic natural speech, as well as using rhyming couplets, which give the poem a faster pace and gives the character a stronger voice., ‘My Last Duchess’ can be categorised as a confession, since Duke is describing his last wife, and is confessing all of his suspicions about her. The line “her looks went everywhere” implies that he believes she had not been loyal to him. Poe also uses meter as a device to show an unreliable narrator. He uses Trochaic Octameter which creates a slower pace and makes the speaker sound more thoughtful. The longer line length means that there is more space for description, in the opening line, Poe uses the phrases “Midnight dreary” and “weak and weary” . This added description sounds dramatic due to the negative connotations for these adjectives.
Both of these poems are homodiegesis, causing a biased perspective. The Duke…

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