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Analyze Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess" using the criteria for "good poetry"...

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angelnic10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:00 AM via web

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Analyze Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess" using the criteria for "good poetry" set forth by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Aurora Leigh.

I've read both, and I can't quite figure it out. Please help! Thank you :)

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btrocker | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM (Answer #1)

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In Aurora Leigh, E. Browning brought out two points (that I found) of what constructed "good poetry". The first was an ordinary man, rather than an inflated figure as a hero. 

"That Homers heroes were twelve feet high. They were but men... All actual heroes are essential men, and all men possible heroes."

The second is the setting, and more specifically the time period poets wrote in. She believed that they should stick to writing about their own time period instead of creating an exaggerated and fantastic past.


So, as this relates to "My Last Duchess", R. Browning used a situation that could happen to royalty of any time period. The Duke, wasn't an inflated hero but a common man as far as royalty would go. The setting is similar. While the narrators character is based off of a 16th century real duke, it is again something that could happen whenever. 

This is what I got out of it.


British Liturature, one more reason I'd pick America first. :P

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