My Last Duchess - Journal- My Last Duchess My Last Duchess,...

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Journal- “My Last Duchess” “My Last Duchess,” by Robert Browning, is a dramatic monologue about the Duke of Ferrara and his relationship with his previous wife. The poem is set during the late Italian Renaissance, roughly in the mid-1500’s. The speaker of the poem, presumably the Duke, shows an emissary of his prospective wife around his palace. As they pass a painting of the Duke’s late wife, he reminisces about her. He describes her as being extremely flirtatious, a fact that obviously agitates the Duke. As the poem progresses, it becomes evident that the Duke caused the early demise of the Duchess. The Duke then returns to the business at hand, arranging for marriage with another young girl. This dramatic monologue is filled with irony, an important element in Browning’s work. The central irony of the poem is that while the Duke simply tells us a story of his first wife and how the portrait came to be painted, he manages to paint a picture of his own personality. He feels as though his former wife should have shown extra affection towards him
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