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Robert Browning’s poem, “A Light Woman” has two themes common to Browning’s work. The first is that it is self-reflexive, in that its ultimate theme is not the woman or the friend, but that the episode has a narrative shape that eventually is redeemed because it can be made art; there is no happy ending in the relationship triangle, but instead the story becomes a poem. The next theme is that, as is typical of the dramatic monologue, as the narrator describes his own motives, we gradually begin to suspect that things are not as they might seem, and thus a major theme is hypocrisy.
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