This style of monologue is spoken by a character, which is not the poet, and is usually projected at a critical moment, as in the case of 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'. The symbols told by the Duke also echo her natural splendor and her innocent ways, since she is so taken by the simple things in life. Browning uses the dramatic monologue form very skillfully to show us the controlling, jealous, and arrogant traits the duke possessed without ever mentioning them explicitly. In his dramatic monologue, Robert Browning uses irony, diction, and imagery to achieve a haunting effect. On the other, it reveals to the reader that his wife is dead. Many writers have tried to distill the woman's desires in order to seek knowledge and power comparing them in a fearful manner with Nature. On line 3, we have the first name-dropping.
His discussion of business and money in such an overt way also comes across to me as being crass and ill-mannered. As they are walking through the palace, the duke stops and looks at the beautiful portrait of his lovely last duchess. The speaker is not the poet and the scene unfolds only through the monologue of the speaker. Browning uses irony through having the speaker act as if he were a wronged husband, when he is a materialistic, manipulative and controlling murderer. As a result, the Duke comes across as self-centered and ignorant of his unlikeable character. While going out he points out a bronze bust showing the sea god, Neptune taming a wild sea horse.
Either way, the moment leaves us in no doubt that the Duke is a collector of fine art and likes to show off about it. Perhaps he thought himself to high and mighty to stoop to talk to a woman, even if that woman was his wife. Did the Duke order her murder? The Duchess in this poem does not talk. She had A heart—how shall I say? The duke speaks his thoughts about the girl, and as the poem progresses we begin to realize that his last duchess had been murdered. He has not merited his title and his ugly personality is far from refined or cultured.
This emphasizes his anger and frustration. Because there is only one speaker, we the reader must wonder carefully what the Duke is telling us, and we often have to read between the lines in order to keep an objective perspective on the what is happening in the poem. By no means can we justify the idea that the duke is willing to transcend class, but at the same time he does allow a transgression of the very hierarchy that had previously led him to have his wife murdered rather than discuss his problems with her. He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose. He is insulted that she likes everything and treats everything the same. Thus Browning, in a colorful and impressive monologue portrays a character that is as vile and maniacal as the language is flowery. Browning, of the Victorian age, wrote real life poetry that reflected upon some of the darkest aspects of Victorian life.
Often, people keep photographs of their dead loved ones and the photograph or painting reminds them of how much they loved their husband or wife. Browning uses specific words to convey his tone and characterization. Gradually, his real character unfolds over the course of his speech. He chooses not to talk to her about her faults, which are naught but a liveliness of nature, a happy disposition, and a yearning for life, but rather ends that which he cannot control. By making a comparison of the two poems, it becomes clear that Browning has used similar disturbing themes to illustrate what an individual is capable of doing.
It seems that the Duke commanded her in such a way as to make her stop smiling altogether. The curtain is the second object of poetry that has a strong symbolic meaning. To some extent, the duke's amorality can be understood in terms of aristocracy. The contemptuous way of the Duke is made perfectly clear to the envoy, and the envoy begins to leave. The Duke tries to distract us with courtesy but even as he controls the story of his wife and her image, his emotion exceeds his control and exposes his crimes.
In this poem, the speaker narrates an account of his former wife, the titular Duchess of the poem, who the speaker has murdered. I enjoyed the poem immensely as it was a thrilling yarn which had me captivated throughout. It is like he is flattering the broker, saying that the Count is known for his generosity. The duke's life seems to be made of repeated gestures. Poets often use literary techniques to clearly convey the personalities of their speakers. But the possessive pronoun shows a kind of interesting idea of ownership and belonging, which is picked up through the rest of the poem. He was part of the aristocratic society in, which people were excepted to have a certain amount of pomposity.
With these considerations in mind, share with students the , provided by the : to be a dramatic monologue a poem must have a speaker and an implied auditor, and … the reader often perceives a gap between what that speaker says and what he or she actually reveals With the above definition, students should understand that they participate as the auditor, a listener who must examine the gap between what is said, and what is revealed. And the Duke is so cross about that. The poet is satirizing and exposing the culture and real of the duke, which the poet characterizes through his harangue. She was married at fourteen and dead by seventeen. Indeed, it may even make us sympathise with the Duke. By using this technique, Browning is also silencing the antagonist, the Duchess, and becoming the protagonist. It is humorous that he randomly mentions this bronze cast of Neptune at the end.