Why was the duke unhappy with his first wife? What does this reveal about the duke and what does the poem title suggest about his attitude toward women in general?
In the poem, the duke was unhappy with his wife for a number of reasons. First of all, in lines 14–15, the duke says that his wife often blushed at others. Specifically, this "spot of joy" on her face (a blush) was caused by things other than her "husband's presence." She might blush at a sunset, for example, or some "cherries" brought to her by a "fool."
In the next few lines, the duke argues that his wife was "too easily impressed" by the people around her. Moreover, she seemed to find happiness everywhere and in everything:
She liked whate'er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere.
Furthermore, the duchess did not...
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