My Last Duchess“My Last Duchess”Danielle R. MechamENGL 102 D17 Summer 2018
My Last DuchessMy Last Duchess a poem by Robert Browning, is set in the Italian Renaissance with the Duke ofFerrara's marriage to Lucrezia de' Medici and her death at his hands. Although it is never trulystated in the poem, it is implied in the Duke's words.The poem begins with the Duke meeting with the envoy of his future wife's family. He has theemissary standing in front of a curtained painting, as he pulls back the curtain showing a portraitof his late wife. In this section of the poem, it is a dramatical monologue of a conversation whichis entirely one-sided, as we only hear the Duke's voice. This shows two things, first, the start thatthe Duke has control and he is the authority. The Duke reminisces about the portrait sessions, andthe Duchess herself. His musings give a glimpse of her disgraceful behavior: he claims she hadopenly flirted with everyone and did not appreciate his "gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name."