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    “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning is a poem written in the form of a dramatic monologue. In it, the speaker describes the portrait of his late wife to the servant of a prospective bride’s father. Throughout the description, the speaker’s sociopathy is made increasingly clear, with the heavily implication that he was the actual cause of the wife’s demise. Browning reveals the prideful, control-obsessed, and sociopathic character of the speaker through self-boasting, caesuras in the monologue, and the varying levels of politeness he exhibits throughout the poem. The speaker’s pride is revealed most clearly through his not-so-subtle comments on his own worth. The obvious of which is shown through “as if she ranked/ My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old…

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    When we think of famous writers that emerged from Britain, most people first think of Shakespeare and perhaps Milton as well. A significant writer that is sometimes not always remembered in the spotlight is Robert Browning. Browning in irrefutably the best there ever was at writing and manipulating dramatic monologues. In fact, dramatic monologues can’t even really be brought up or studied without the mention of Browning. Two of Browning's most famous dramatic monologues are My Last Duchess and…

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    the Victorian era. He produced many popular and extraordinary pieces of work throughout his life. One form of literature he is known for today is his dramatic monologues. Two of Browning's famous dramatic monologues include Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess. Browning was not only able to catch the reader's interest with his work, but was able to invoke thought. Browning used the dramatic monologues strategically to encourage thought by making the reader identify the speaker and the listener…

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    We all have an inner monologue in which we contemplate our world and our lives. These never-ending internal conversations are what guide our thoughts and actions and even our perception of the people around us. Robert Browning is famous for his poetic style of dramatic monologue, which he often uses to create the illusion of continuous thought. Utilizing a variety of techniques, he is able to bring about the effect of spontaneity, as exemplified in his poem “My Last Duchess.” Within this…

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    similarities betwixt the two poems. Firstly, in both poems, the man kills the woman, obviously with different motivations, but the outcome was similar. Secondly, he clarifies that both poems surround the fact that the women are victims of the man’s unhappiness. Lastly, Browning exemplifies how within both dramatic monologues, the man is jealous about how his companion behaves. Also, there are two reasons why the two poems are different. First, the reader understands who the woman is within the…

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    Robert Browning who although born in England in 1812, has had his name and poetry revered throughout the centuries. Renowned for his unprecedented, grotesque comments on the more sinister side of human nature with his added mastery of the dramatic monologue used to give an in-depth look into the mind of the insane; has created a distinct tone characteristically his. This unique style paved way for the iconic poems, ‘Porphyria’s lover’ and ‘My last Duchess’ in which Browning defied traditional…

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    The poet’s choice to utilize couplets throughout his dramatic monologue is clearly ironic as the Duke represents a strong narcissism, as well as a blatant embodiment of the objectification of women that Browning suggests makes him unpaired, and unmatchable. Browning’s choice to use these contrasting couplets, then, calls into question the logic of the speaker himself. If there is irony in the physical nature of the poem, does Browning suggest there is an irony that exists in the content of the…

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    “My Last Duchess” and “Checking Out Me History” both express anger through a first person perspective, in the form of a dramatic monologue, although the poems offer two different portrayals of anger. In Browning’s poem, the reader is introduced to a seemingly expressive and biased rant from the Duke about his past Duchess, speaking to an envoy. ‘My’, the possessive pronoun, implies he sees women as possessions. The Duke thinks the world revolves around him because he owns "a…

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    Robert Browning was born May 7, 1812 in Camberwell, London. His father was a senior clerk in the Bank of England. However, his mother was a talented pianist. Browning’s love for writing dramatic monologues came from his father who also had a love for art and literature. Browning attended two schools, Rev. Thomas Ready and the University of London. However, Browning only lasted half a year in the college (Welcome… np). On September 12, 1846, Robert Browning married Elizabeth Barrett, who was…

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    Who’d stoop to blame This sort of trifling?[…]” The duke’s tone seemed to be rather tense, as if he was frustrated over the fact that she acted human towards everyone. Due to this, her life ended in the hands of her husband [technically, the killers that her husband called]. And what about Porphyria’s Lover? The madman killed his lover because he believed she chose him over her noble life. And to ensure that she doesn’t change her mind, he made sure to keep her always in his control. Thus, both…

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