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What are the best quotes to show poetic devices in "My Last Duchess" (e.g alliteration, similies, metaphors, assonance)?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 25, 2010 at 10:19 PM (Answer #1)

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In "My Last Duchess," the main poetic devices are:

Verbal Irony: "She had A heart--how shall I say?--too soon made glad,
Too easily impressed;" (How can being a happy, charitable person be bad?)

Symbolism: "my last Duchess painted" (The Duke objectifies, reifies women as property, possessions); "smiles"; "hands"; "name" (The poem pits male jealousy and reputation "name" against suspected female promiscuity)

Imagery: body imagery ("hands"); auditory ("speech"); gender ("breast")

Metaphor: " My favor at her breast, The dropping of the daylight in the West,"

Sound devices (Prosody) are:

Rhyme scheme: AABB ("call" / "wall")

Euphony: "faint Half flush"

Cacaphony: ""Which claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze"

Alliteration: "Notice Neptune"

Sibiliance: "she stands"; "such stuff"

Assonance: "E'en then"; "We'll meet"

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