It would seem that she was too easily pleased by everyone around her. This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together. The Duke likes to see taming, as he wanted to tame the Duchess and make her show less gratitude to people bearing gifts for her. I call That piece a wonder, now: Fra Pandolf s hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands. It gives it a regularity and a control, which is particularly interesting from a character that is quite controlled in his threat, what he reveals and how he reveals it.
Neptune, of course, is the god of the sea. In a class lecture, the professor had mentioned that the poem is set in the 15th century. The duke's desire for control is made evident by the structure of the poem, through his appreciation of art, and his response to the trivial incidences that led to the death of his wife. His link with Klaus of Insbruck is a link with a distant ho0meland whose attitudes he has not quite thrown off. The Victorians are the poor unfortunates who come between the Romantics and the Modernists. Power and the misuse of it echoes in the words and actions of the poem's speaker.
But Browning introduces couplets into the mix. The scene, then, involves the Duke showing the Count's envoy a portrait of his late wife and describing the painting's creation. The progression that we see is in fact a disintegration: a disintegration of the calm and measured showing off of the Duke, which he comes back to once again at the end. The Duke begins reminiscing about the portrait sessions, then about the Duchess herself. The frequent use of caesura throughout the poem emphasize the duke's control over the conversation. At times however the reader nurtures a dislike for the duchess and empathizes with the Duke too because the poet projects the Duke as the wronged one.
He felt humiliated at the thought that a small gift from a man was enough to please the duchess, according to him it was very petty in comparison to the eight hundred year old legacy of his family name that he had given her. The desperate need to do this mirrors the efforts of Victorian society to mold the behavior—gsexual and otherwise—gof individuals. This brief confusion causes an eeriness to be brought about in the work. I deny the fact that love is the most good thing to happen but the real thing its not true. The Duke draws his guest's attention to a statue of Neptune taming a seahorse in order to show that he will demand complete obedience from his future wife.
However, if the duke executed a faithful, kind-hearted wife who failed to revere her husband above all others, then we are witnessing a monologue performed by a monster. The speakers unintentionally reveal their insanity, in both poems, through their separate accounts. At least, those are the years when was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Keep in mind that literary movements only correspond roughly with her reign. There she stands As if alive.
For more important dates in Browning's life, see the available at. The Duke was not guilt ridden as he feels his actions were righteous. Sir she smiled no doubt whenever I passed her; but who passed without, much the same smile. He is obsessed with being in control. I think Browning hints that the duke has a barbarian attitude which he gets from his German ancestors who came over the Alps into Italy nine hundred years previously. He reveals that the duchess had incurred his displeasure by her expansive friendliness and her refusal to acknowledge his superiority in all things. He continues lambasting the duchess and tearing her reputation into smithereens with great panache.
For instance, Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida gives a very long monologue. Within My Last Duchess, Browning uses the character and voice of the Duke to pass comment upon some of the themes of the Italian Renaissance, particularly the juxtaposition between aesthetics and morality… 1529 Words 7 Pages Gentle Into That Good Night, Havisham, The Laboratory, My Last Duchess and On My First Sonne have all crafted very emotion based poems, all 6 present strong feelings. Alternatively, encourage students to seek out and write dramatic monologues for other literary characters. Imagine how he speaks tone of voice. She had A heart—how shall I say? In fact, the duke's excessive demand for control ultimately comes across as his most defining characteristic. In other words, authors in this period got sandwiched between two great movements that majorly influenced Western Culture, and so readers sometimes forget about the Victorian age writers. Normally, reading poems out loud is a good way to first encounter a poem, but in this lesson, students will work through the dramatic situation of the poem, use the poem's language to understand Duke Ferrara's character, and then perform the poem in a dramatic way, based on their interpretation of the work.
Kind of ironic, too, that you have a poem that is in itself a portrait of a man, just as Ozymandias is. The duke is so obsessed with himself that he didn't like the way the duchess treat him. The Duke is severely jealous that she showed no more appreciation to him for his gifts. Upon his death in 1889, he was buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. My Last Duchess is a masterpiece by Robert Browning. Browning chose this form for the two poems because it makes the poem feel more realistic and you know everything the character is feeling it also subconsciously makes the reader feel… 665 Words 3 Pages A Comparison of the Dramatic Monologues of Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Robert Browning 1812-89 was, with Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the two most celebrated of Victorian poets. She is of a free hearted and loving type who lives for the moment like Brother Lawrence or the one who sang Oh to be in England now that Aprils hereThe Duke is like The Pied Piper of Hamelin who has artistic powers and gifts but who takes a lethal revenge when he feels himself wronged.
Who'd stoop to blame This sort of trifling? For me, the caesura, the enjambment, the verbs split from their object, the staccato punctuation of the dashes, exclamations and questions, the repetition, the monosyllables, it all adds up. Lucrezia was a — part of a family that was becoming one of the most powerful and wealthy in Europe at the time. This causes the reader to feel sorry for the Duchess, and rightly so. The duke self-righteously continues his explanation of events, rationalizing that despite his disappointment it would have been beneath him to talk openly with his wife about his feelings of jealousy. It allows you to explore other characters. What effect does emphasizing the characters' tone have on our understanding of the poem? In terms of style, Robert Browning differed from his Victorian poetic counterparts in many respects. It also reminds us of the crassness of this Duke, name-dropping as if the marriage broker is supposed to be impressed.