She had A heart—how shall I say? The colloquial language, the rough rhythms like that of the ordinary language of conversation, the very ordinary situation and many such features make the poem realistic and memorable. Harold Bloom believes that John Stuart Robert Browning was a British poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Unaware, he gives us a clear vision of the open-hearted Duchess: She had A heart—how shall I say? Like other famous literary villains, the Duke divulges his conflicted consciousness when he loses control of his language. An obsessive Duke shows a visitor, and readers, a painting of his last wife. In an awful irony, the upset Duke unmasks his secret even at the very moment he negotiates for a new wife. While in London, he published Dramatis Personae 1864 and The Ring and the Book 1869 , both of which gained him critical priase and respect.
The duke's desire for control is made evident by the structure of the poem, through his appreciation of art, and his response to the trivial incidences that led to the death of his wife. Robert Browning was a British poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. The duke attempts to be an artist in his life, turning a walk down the hallway into a performance, but he is always hampered by the fact that the ideal that inspires his performance cannot change. He will use his skills to make her succumb to his will. The excellence of the poem lies in the dramatic irony of the Duke's witlessness. She is the author of the poetry collections The Master Thief 2000 , In Captivity 2006 , and Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois 2013. I call That piece a wonder, now: Fr Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
Browning's use of irony exposes the Duke to us: the Duke himself could not know the natural liveliness of the Duchess and remained a stranger to his own wife because of his obsession with himself. It is not just being Machiavellian; rather the Duke emerges ultimately as the symbol of Victorian husband, who in a man-oriented society thinks of himself as master and of woman as dehumanized creature, a domesticated animal. There she stands As if alive. The duke's loss of control is also depicted through the rhythm of the poem. As the Duke and emissary leave to return to the other guests, the Duke calls attention to his bronze statue of Neptune taming a seahorse. The Duke is simultaneously the Renaissance Machiavellian figure and the Victorian man with his vanity; materialism, lack of spirituality, and lack of awareness of human values.
He felt humiliated at the thought that a small gift from a man was enough to please the duchess, according to him it was very petty in comparison to the eight hundred year old legacy of his family name that he had given her. She is of a free hearted and loving type who lives for the moment like Brother Lawrence or the one who sang Oh to be in England now that Aprils hereThe Duke is like The Pied Piper of Hamelin who has artistic powers and gifts but who takes a lethal revenge when he feels himself wronged. Ferrara That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. GradeSaver, 27 January 2013 Web. The very casual attitude the Duke maintains throughout the poem to some extent manages to evoke sympathy for the duchess. The murder of the Duchess under the commands of the Duke shows the ultimate human depravity resulting from suppression of human values in the Renaissance world and the Victorian world.
The Duke is the speaker of this poem, and the character that is revealed is one of rigidity, control, and cold cruelty. He is showing his visitor around his palace and stops in front of a painting of his late wife. The historical background is not essential, but adds to our understanding of the poem. In many ways, this is the artist's dilemma, which Browning explores in all of his work. His pride in his status and possessions recur as a theme throughout the poem.
This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together. This essay will look at ways William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English actor and playwright and Robert Browning 1812-1889, English poet and playwright consider love, murder and jealousy in the play Macbeth and the poems, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory. Browning takes up a moment and makes the character speak of something that reveals so much behind what is being said. We'll meet The company below, then. It is wonderful the way the poet makes the Duke talk about the duchess, whom he has probably got eliminated without any remorse. Yet his arrogant tone exposes him. The Duke consistently describes the Duchess in of passivity or excess.
Every time I read this, I'm completely stunned at how incricately detailed it is. Instead, when she transgresses his sense of entitlement, he gives commands and she is dead. However, it is also loaded with enjambment which can often mask the rhymes. He reveals all the truths about his devilish character when he is trying to prove himself a great man. Another element of the aristocratic life that Browning approaches in the poem is that of repetition. He thinks that no one but himself has the authority to These lines suggest that he put a stop to her treating others as if they were equal to him, so he had her murdered.
Infact there are two paintings here! He boasts about his great name and status in a mean manner. Jealousy took over the Duke. The poem is unique for its technique of dramatic revelation of character. He died in Venice on December 12 while visiting his sister. Another possible clue of strangulation: distressing semicolons punctuate the murder scene, and those gaping pauses mark her gasps for breath and her erasure.