# My Last Duchess Questions and Answersby Robert Browning

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"But to myself they turned (since none puts by The curtain I have drawn for you, but I) And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst, How such a glance came there;" (9-12) These lines reveal the...

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Robert Browning creates a complex character in his poem "My Last Duchess" by using a technique called "the dramatic monologue." In this, the character (in this case, the Duke) is allowed to speak...

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I think you could argue that the Duke marries and dominates the Duchess. His metaphor with Neptune and the seahorse seems to indicate that not only does he want to, he can and he will.

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This poem is believed to be based on Alfonso II of Ferrara, whose young wife Lucrezia died under suspicious circumstances at age 17. She was from the powerful Medici family, and after her death it...

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Robert Browning's dramatic monologue is an especially strong medium for conveying information about the speaker as he reveals his personality through his words and manner of expression in an...

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Excellent question. It is of course important to remember to always analyse titles when studying works of literature. They are not just picked at random and are the result of careful thought and...

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Why do you think the Duke shows the envoy the painting of the former wife who was clearly murdered? Is it a threat or a warning, intended to influence the future wife's behavior? Or is the Duke...

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It would seem that something very subtle is happening in this dramatic monologue. There are a number of people socializing downstairs. The Duke has brought his visitor upstairs ostensibly to show...

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This is an interesting question because it goes to the heart of an important theme of the poem--that is, the self-absorbed personality of the Duke. The Duke begins the monologue by pointing out...

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We know that the duke is showing the envoy around his palace because the dukes stops to pull back the curtain covering the portrait of his dead wife, the last duchess of the poem's title. The duke...

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In "My Last Duchess," by Robert Browning, I think it is safe to say that the Duke is amoral with regard to his own behavior. He crassly draws aside the curtain revealing for his visitor his "last...

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The biggest puzzle in Browning's poem is: Why did the Duke have his wife murdered. He talks and talks about her and shows his visitor a portrait of her which the Duke himself declares to be "a...

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Here the Duke is explaining to his guest about the Duchesses' supposed transgressions for which he has her killed; 'I gave commands.' He is suggesting that he did not have the time or patience to...

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In "My Last Duchess," the Duke comes across as a haughty renaissance aristocrat who is justifying his actions with rather more eloquence than he intends. The Duke specifically says that he has no...

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Actually, the line you quote here isn't from "My Last Duchess," but is instead from MacFlecknoe. Both, of course, are by John Dryden. My guess is that you were looking at a list of Dryden's poems...

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The Duke who narrates Brownings My Last Duchess`is portrayed in the poem as giving a tour of his art collection. The Duchess is introduced as the subject of a painting, and thus as an objct...

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Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess" is spoken from the perspective of a widowed duke to a servant of the Count whose daughter he now wishes to marry. For this reason, the last word of the...

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There is some truth in each of the four statements. The assertion in the first statement that the eponymous Duchess's "loyalty was questionable" is true in as much as it was questionable from the...

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When one thinks about appealing to readers' senses, one probably first thinks of imagery, since imagery, by definition, appeals to the senses. In Browning's "My Last Duchess," the speaker uses...

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Robert Browning wrote about themes of madness, jealousy, ruthlessness, and arrogance--all of which are found in his unusual poem "My Last Duchess." Written in pre-Victorian England (1842),...

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First, the title Fra is from the Latin, and means "brother" so the assumption that he is a monk is correct. (Another famous dramatic monologue by Browning. "Fra Lippo Lippi," also features a...

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Within the 56 lines of his dramatic monologue, Browning exposes not only Duke Ferrara but also the age in which he lived. That age was a time when a large number of landed aristocrats ruled over...

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This is an interesting question. In the original French folk tale, Bluebeard's latest wife disobeys her husband's orders and looks into a little room forbidden to her, where she discovers the...

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Concerning Browning's "My Last Duchess," I'll cover theme in the poem for you and let another editor deal with dramatic irony and repetition. The enotes Study Guide on the poem lists two prominent...

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Browning associates "My Last Duchess" strongly with the fifth duke, Alfonso II d'Este, of the Renaissance duchy of Ferrara by adding the single word "Ferrara" as the poem's epigraph, yet he never...

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Browning's poem is narrated by a Duke and addressed to an envoy. In the poem, the Duke complains that his last Duchess did not respect him as much as he thinks she should have. He implies to the...

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The word "compromise" never appears in Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess"; however, the idea of compromise is certainly presented--and the Duke refuses to do it. The poem begins upstairs at...

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"Rough" and "un-poetic" are good terms to apply to "My Last Duchess." Robert Browning's dramatic monologues are intended to characterize the speaker as well as to present a dramatic narrative. In...

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In Browning's "My Last Duchess," the Duke is in the process of forming a new marriage for himself. While doing so, he is making sure that his future wife will know what is expected of her. In...

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I think that there are two ways we can examine the character of the Duke in this poem. You can either view him as a very Machiavellilan figure who is able to use and abuse his power to manipulate...

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In the poem, "My Last Duchess," Browning creates a narrator who conveys the distinct displeasure he feels at the perceived infidelities of his wife. There is some question as to the sanity of the...

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The Duke is formally receiving an ambassador from a Count, who wants to offer his daughter as the next duchess, in exchange for a handsome dowry. The host Duke, in a conceited, ironic tour of his...

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It is told in the 3rd person, with a limited narrator. It is the duke himself speaking, and that is the only perspective we get. It is just a monologue of his thoughts and perspectives. So, his...

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"My Last Duchess" is a dramatic monologue written by Robert Browning. That means that one person is speaking for the entire poem. In this case, the speaker is Duke Ferrara. Although there was a...

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The main narrative effect that makes the poem interesting has to do with how Browning uses the structure of the dramatic monologue to sustain suspense. Although the Duke appears a genial host,...

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In the poem, The Last Duchess the story goes that the Duke de Ferrara was planning to take the hand in marriage of whom has been historically linked to be Barbara, sister of the Count of Tyrol. The...

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Since the duke is in the process of negotiating for his next wife by speaking with the emissary of a wealthy man whose daughter may soon become the next duchess, the reader can safely assume that...

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The Duke has apparently invited the representative of the Count upstairs to see part of his art collection. But the real reason was so the two men could meet alone in order to discuss the matter of...

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I would not want him for MY husband. First of all, he is controlling. Only HE is in charge of showing his late wife's picture to visitors. But to myself they turned (since none puts by The curtain...

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In Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess," the speaker describes his last wife—a lovely woman to whom he was once married—while exposing how arrogant and dangerous he is. The man in question is...

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To interpret the poem, "My Last Duchess," read the poem numerous times, silently and aloud, especially aloud. Then read as much commentary about the poem as you can, including all of the materials...

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It's helpful to understand, when you read and analyze this poem, that Browning based it on a true story. The duke in question is Alfonso II of Ferrara, Italy, of a family known for their...

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Except for imagery and rhyming couplets, there is more to contrast between these two poems than there is to compare. A few points to consider are these. In Browning's "My Last Duchess," he makes...

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The interview between the Duke and the gentleman representing the Count to discuss money matters is terminated quite abruptly near the end of "My Last Duchess" when the representative apparently...

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Because the Duke is the first person narrator of the poem, he doesn't openly confess that he is by nature irrationally jealous. Instead, we must infer that from his attitude and obiter dicta....

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With Robert Browning's use of dramatic monologue, the Duke of Ferrara paradoxically creates a portrait of himself while he describes Fra Pandolf's portrayal of his first duchess. For one thing,...

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The Duke does not really understand or appreciate art. His interest in art is that of a collector and an investor. He makes a point of telling his visitor that the portrait of his wife was painted...

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The first twenty one lines of the poem help us to understand the duke's possessiveness of his former wife: her portrait is kept behind a curtain that none are allowed to draw aside except him. We...