Date of publication: 2017-08-28 20:04
Curious that the commentator doesn't reference Spenser, who is surely the godfather
in English of poems about knightly quests! Indeed, the reference to the Holy Grail
seems in the notes seems like a mere wi. Read more
My Last Duchess, published in 6897, is arguably Browning s most famous dramatic monologue, with good reason. It engages the reader on a number of levels – historical, psychological, ironic, theatrical, and more.
While reading the poem in class, due to it being one of the poems we are using for GCSE coursework, we noticed that nowhere in the text, did it say that the speaker was actually a male, this fact would lead to the probability of her not running from her friends and family, but maybe the idea that lesbian activity would have been seen as wrong in that time, has anyone else noticed this or is it just me and my class?
657 You heard as if an army muttered
658 And the muttering grew to a grumbling
659 And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling
665 And out of the houses the.
The speaker really has an internal voice going on here: it's like he is just noticing the landscape around him thinking, "oh a yellow moon". The second stanza tells us this guy is on a mission. There is a sense of direction and focus to his.
The most engaging element of the poem is probably the speaker himself, the duke. Objectively, it s easy to identify him as a monster, since he had his wife murdered for what comes across as fairly innocuous crimes. And yet he is impressively charming, both in his use of language and his affable address. The ironic disconnect that colors most of Browning s monologues is particularly strong here. A remarkably amoral man nevertheless has a lovely sense of beauty and of how to engage his listener.
In terms of meter, Browning represents the duke s incessant control of story by using a regular meter but also enjambment (where the phrases do not end at the close of a line). The enjambment works against the otherwise orderly meter to remind us that the duke will control his world, including the rhyme scheme of his monologue.
The duke then ends his story and asks the envoy to rise and accompany him back to the count, the father of the duke s impending bride and the envoy s employer. He mentions that he expects a high dowry, though he is happy enough with the daughter herself. He insists that the envoy walk with him together – a lapse of the usual social expectation, where the higher ranked person would walk separately – and on their descent he points out a bronze bust of the god Neptune in his collection.