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What are some literary devices and figures of speech used in Robert Browning's poem "My...
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- Looking as if she were alive. I call [alliteration: repetition of the same consonants]
- The depth and passion of its earnest glance, [assonance: repetition of the same vowel sounds]
- And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst, [more assonance]
- How such a glance came there; so, not the first
Are you to turn and ask thus. Sir, 'twas not
Her husband's presence only, called that spot
Of joy into the Duchess' cheek: perhaps [enjambment: lack of punctuation at the ends of lines; adds to the conversational flow of the poem]
- "Half-flush that dies along her throat:'' such stuff [metaphor; foreshadowing: the color does not literally “die,” but the use of the word “dies” does foreshadow her death]
- A heart---how shall I say?---too soon made glad,[interjection or interruption; imitates the interruptions and hesitations characteristic of real speech]
- Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er [caesura: a heavy break in the middle of a line]
- The dropping of the daylight in the West, [vivid imagery; more alliteration]
- all and each
Would draw from her alike the approving speech,
Or blush, at least. [more assonance]
- Who'd stoop to blame
This sort of trifling? [rhetorical question]
- forsooth, and made excuse,
---E'en then would be some stooping; and I choose [heavy assonance here]
- As if alive. Will't please you rise? We'll meet [iambic pentameter meter: ten syllables, with all the even syllables accented and the odd syllables unaccented]
- Taming a sea-horse, [symbolism: the tamed sea-horse symbolizes the way the Duke likes to tame his wives]
The literary techniques and figures of speech included in Robert Browning’s poem “My Last Duchess” include the following (highlighted with italics):
Browning’s talent in using and combining all these various techniques helps contribute to the success and memorability of the poem.
Posted by vangoghfan on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM (Answer #1)
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