Throughout the poem, how does the speaker reveal more about himself and his true character than he intends? Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess"

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Robert Browning’s dramatic monologueMy Last Duchess” is his best-known and most frequently anthologized poem. What makes it so emotionally effective is the strong contrast between the speaker and the subject of his monologue. The speaker is a thoroughly loathsome man, while his last duchess was obviously not only a beautiful but a loving and lovable young woman. The woman and the man are like Beauty and the Beast.

The arrogant Duke, who had the exceedingly bad taste to show a portrait of his dead wife to the representative of the man whose daughter he was planning to marry, reveals his character in everything he says--but Browning has added a peculiar touch which serves to characterize the Duke even more effectively than the contents of his monologue.  That is to be found in the open couplets which are so deliberately ragged, staggered, awkward, discordant and forced that they serve as proof of the Duke’s own admission that he has no skill in speech and highlight his ignorance,...

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