ball of fireBrowning's my last duchess is all about art and has got nothing to do with a duke killing his wife.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Are you suggesting that it is a metaphor? Art is the metaphor? Or are you suggesting that the language is art, and the focus is on art and not telling a story? I think there can be a balance of art and storytelling. You can focus on more than one thing, and tell the start through art.
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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Not really. While it is possible to identify that art is a definite theme through the way in which the Duke clearly objectifies his belongings and sees his former wife as just another object that belongs to him, like the seahorse he shows his guest at the end of the poem, really this dramatic monologue does concern the unbridled arrogance of a man who flaunts the fact that he had his wife killed because she displeased him.