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Lecture Notes - Close Reading lec4 - Dramatic Monologue: My...

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Dramatic Monologue: My Last Duchess 19/10/2010 14:55:00 Browning invented dramatic monologues in C19th. The title of a piece is hugely important and tells us a lot – Why is she the last Duchess? Duke of Ferrarra is a huge patron of artists – Fra Pandolf. The Duke speaks to us through an intervening character – the marriage broker, who stays silent throughout the whole monologue – possibly in a state of shock? Sinister element to the word “last” in the title. Fra = brother/monk. The poem presents us with the psychology of a murderer. Why does Browning use rhyming couplets? The conventions of rhythm and rhyme are played off against each other. There is a brilliant play off of a formal rhyme scheme against the intonations of a speaking voice. Plays syntax against form using enjambment and caesuras. Caesura – gives the effect of the voice. Some caesuras in the poem don’t have any punctuation, “That’s my last Duchess / painted on the wall.” “Fra Pandolf’s hands / Worked busily a day, and there she stands.”
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course ENG ENGL103 taught by Professor Neilcorcoran during the Fall '10 term at University of Liverpool.

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