Dramatic monologue

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  • My Last Duchess Dramatic Monologue

    “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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  • Poetic Techniques In My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

    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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  • My Last Duchess By Robert Browning

    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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  • Compare And Contrast My Last Duchess And Checking Out Me History

    “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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  • Gender Issues In Victorian Poetry

    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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  • Dramatic Monologue

    a man who lost himself in every sense. Among an industrialized dark world in which a reasonable sign of vivacity is seldom found, is the present time for the man who oughts to believe his mind and soul are rich in color. Yet in all sensibility, he too is a foreigner who lacks zeal for life- unknown to the outside world. The mysterious speaker in T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock”, became frozen in a chain of disillusionment towards the new world, but is also blinded by his own…

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  • Similarities And Differences In My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover Analysis

    The Similarities and Differences in My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' are poems written by Robert Browning in the form of a dramatic monologue. They both contain themes…

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  • Essay On My Last Duchess And Porphyria's Lover By Robert Browning

    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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  • Dramatic Criticism In Porphyria's Lover By Robert Browning

    Robert Browning’s unconventional dramatic monologue “Porphyria’s Lover” enters the mind of an unknown, although presumably male, psychologically complex person who tells the story of strangling his lover by winding her long yellow hair around her throat three times after she comes into his house and kindles a fire. Following Porphyria’s death, the speaker repeatedly tells himself, and tries to assure to himself, that she did not resist his strangling of her and that he had not committed a crime.…

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  • My Last Duchess And Pophyria's Lover Analysis

    Poetry has had an immense impact on our society today. Obviously there are some big names that have come up from poetry writings in our past. A lot of famous poems have popped up as well. Robert Browning was a name that really stood out. He is now one of the most important poets of the Victorian era. After not having much success in the beginning of his writing career, a spark was ignited at the death of his wife. This is when he began to write on a very intellectual level. He became extremely…

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