86. Southern Cop 1. In the first stanza, it is ironic that we must forgive Ty Kendricks for shooting the Negro, as the stanza blames everything else but the shooter. Stanza 2 asks us to understand Try, again, moving doubt from one thing to another, never to Try himself. Stanza 3 is ironic because apparently, the Negro was found innocent, even in the public eye. This is evident in the opening line as the public cannot “decorate” Ty for shooting the man. Stanza 4 creates an irony to make us pity Ty, even though there should be no pity felt for Ty. 2. The poem starts out creating a bit of sympathy for Ty through the first stanza, but the poem later continues to debase Ty, making the reader read the poem with a sense of derisiveness. The imagery of the poem also vexes the reader about the situation because of all the recent contemporary situations similar to this poem. 87. On Treason The first part is verbal irony as “Treason doth never prosper”, as the poet is stating that in most cases, if the majority did see it prosper, it would not be called treason any more. 88.Earth Dramatic. The word Martian gives it away, as the poet gave words to a speaker that would create dramatic irony. 89. My Last Duchess 1. officious - assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty
or trivial matters.; munificence- he quality or action of being lavishly generous; great generosity. 2. The duke is speaking to servant, going on and on about how his last duchess had smiled far too much. After this, he asks the servant, even pleads with him or her, to tell the servant’s master for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The last lines are not a digression, as the god of Neptune may be himself, taming every wild seahorse he meets. The old duchess may have been an old seahorse. The Duke now seeks a new one to tame. 3. The Duke seems to be very full of himself, but as well insecure. His old Duchess smiled at everything she possibly could have, but when “she thanked men”, the duke became incredibly mad and ordered that “all smiles” be “stopped together. My characterization differs from him as he seems to have the same opinion of himself that King Ozymandias had of himself in the previous poem. This creates an irony of situation, as my view of him differs from his view of him, creating a discrepancy in circumstance. 4. The duke was dissatisfied with his last Duchess because she smiled too much at everything. The duke took it as his wife was possibly cheating on him, and so, he got rid of her. The duchess I believe is much more happier with the act of life than the Duke. the duke actively seeks out problems wherever he may. 5. The Duke uses art as a tool of power. He takes the servant to a gallery of his finest pieces, and feeds him a long winded story about his last duchess as an attempt to impress the servant. So quite frankly, it is insincere as art is much more than. Art is to be appreciated, not misused. 6.The Duchess, presumably, was killed the by Duke. Browning did not tell us this to add more mystery to the poem, to leave the reader guessing on if the Duke is as evil as he portrays himself to be.
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