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Poetry Of Robert Browning - Robert Browning used his poetry as a way of self-determination as many of the ideas expressed in his poems go against the current of the Victorian era. His poetry should be included in the texts list for the HSC because they not only offer examples of classic poetry but also provide insights into the 19th century English society in terms of behaviour, gender roles and religion. Three poems that are fine examples of this are "Porphyria's Lover", "My Last Duchess" and "The Laboratory." "Porphyria's lover" presents a man who is so restricted by his society's traditions and mores that he is driven to murder and sees it as a just action....   [tags: Robert Browning] 1713 words
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My Last Duchess and Porphyrias Lover by Robert Browning - Robert Browning wrote the two poems, "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover." Both poems convey an thoughtful, examination profound commentary about the concept of love. communicates two interpretations concerning Both poems describe the behavior of people who are in loving, romantic relationships. There are several aspects common in both poems. Using the literary technique of dramatic dialogue, the author reveals the plot and central idea of each poem. Robert Browning tells each poetic story through a single speaker....   [tags: Robert Browning] 1244 words
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Analysis of Two In The Campagna by Robert Browning - Analysis of "Two In The Campagna" by Robert Browning "Two In The Campagna" is essentially a love poem, written by Browning to capture the tragic and dark aspects of a relationship. The poem commences with romantic images of the couple sitting in the fields of Rome in spring. The first line, starting with 'I wonder' sets the contemplative tone of the piece, and the poet follows one particular trail of thought for several stanzas. Clearly, the poet is trying to capture what cannot be easily confined; he is attempting to articulate a sentiment of fleeting love that perhaps can only be felt....   [tags: Robert Browning Poets Poems Essays] 1438 words
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - My Last Duchess by Robert Browning In his poem “My Last Duchess”, Robert Browning gives his readers a complex picture of his two main characters. The Duke, who narrates the poem, is the most immediately present but Browning sets him up to ultimately lose the reader’s trust. The Duchess becomes the sympathetic character, a victim of foul play. It is through the various representations of the Duchess within the poem that we come to know both characters. The representations of the Duchess, which focus on her ever-present smile and easily satisfied nature, come in sharp contrast with the desperate, sputtering language of the Duke as he tries to tell their story on his own terms....   [tags: Last Duchess Robert Browning Essays] 2288 words
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Porphyrias Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Compare the two poems ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. What do they reveal about attitudes to women and relationships in the nineteenth century. Robert Browning was one of the greatest poets of the nineteenth century. In 1842, he published ‘Dramatic Lyrics’ which included the two poems ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’. In ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ Browning gives the reader a dramatic insight into the twisted mind of an abnormally possessive lover, who wishes the moment of love to last forever....   [tags: Robert Browning, Porphyrias Lover] 2228 words
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Robert Browning and the Power of the Dramatic Monologue Form - Robert Browning and the Power of the Dramatic Monologue Form The dramatic monologue form, widely used by Victorian poets, allows the writer to engage more directly with his reader by placing him in the role of listener. Robert Browning utilised the form to a famously profound effect, creating a startling aspect to his poetry. In poems such as “Porphyria’s Lover,” and “My Last Duchess,” for example, Browning induces a feeling of intimacy by presenting the reader as the ‘confidant’ to the narrator’s crimes; in “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister,” the reader is more a witness to the narrator’s increasing instability....   [tags: Poetry Robert Browning Dramatic Monologue] 1434 words
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Analysis of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - A dramatic monologue is a poem in which a single speaker who is not the poet recites the entire poem at a critical moment. The speaker has a listener within the poem, but the reader of the poem is also one of the speakers listeners. In a dramatic monologue, the reader learns about the speaker's character from what the speaker says. Robert Browning is said to have perfected this form of writing. One of his most famous dramatic monologues is "My Last Duchess." The speaker in the poem is an Italian duke who ordered the murder of his wife and is at the offset of the poem showing off the portrait to his future son-in-law....   [tags: Robert Browning, My Last Duchess] 576 words
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Analysis of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue about a duke who is showing the portrait of his first wife, the duchess, to a servant of his future father-in-law, the Count. In a dramatic monologue, the speaker addresses a distinct but silent audience. Through his speech, the speaker unintentionally reveals his own personality. As such, in reading this poem, the reader finds the duke to be self-centered, arrogant, controlling, chauvinistic and a very jealous man. The more he attempted to conceal these traits, however, the more they became evident....   [tags: Robert Browning, My Last Duchess] 1159 words
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Robert Browning's My Last Duchess Character Analysis - Murder…mystery…intrigue…All describe Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess." From the speakers indirect allusions to the death of his wife the reader might easily think that the speaker is a bit crazy and committed a vengeful crime out of jealousy. His flowery speech confuses and disguises any possible motives; however, the mystery is left unsolved. Based on the poem's style and structure, it becomes evident that even if the speaker did not directly kill his wife, he certainly had something to hide....   [tags: Robert Browning, Poems, Poetry, Prose] 663 words
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Analysis of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Analysis of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Murder mystery intrigue. All describe Robert Browning's poem, 'My Last Duchess'. From the speaker's indirect allusions to the death of his wife the reader might easily think that the speaker committed a vengeful crime out of jealousy. His flowery speech confuses and disguises any possible motives, however, and the mystery is left unsolved. The poem is a great example of dramatic dialogue, a poetic form used to narrate and dramatize. It consists entirely of the words of a single speaker who reveals in his speech his own nature and the dramatic situation in which he finds himself....   [tags: Last Duchess Robert Browning Poem Poetry Essays] 1226 words
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My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning - My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning In the two poems there is a lot of ‘dramatic monologue’ where the writer is showing his personal his personal feelings in the poem. It is also classified when a single person is talking and asking questions with no reply like in ‘The Last Duchess’ the Duke is talking to the servant about his past wife but all the servant is interested in is whether the Duke will marry the Count’s daughter. My Last Duchess is about a duke who wants to marry the Count’s daughter....   [tags: Robert Browning Poetry Poems Essays] 603 words
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Jealousy and Self-Love in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Robert Browning's dramatic poem "My Last Duchess" defines how extremely a person may lose touch with reality, as a result of jealousy and self-love.  This central thought is achieved through an aristocrat's conversation with a visitor concerning a painting of his ex-wife; within the conversation, the aristocrat--Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara--reveals that he has been a key figure in the murder of his late wife.  The Duke's sense of reality and his misuse of power stand as important facets within the fabrication of the central idea....   [tags: Robert Browning, My Last Duchess] 543 words
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Robert Browning Poems: My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover - Robert Browning is one of the most celebrated poets of the Victorian age. His two poems I am working from, "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover", are just samples of his eminent work. Browning wrote a range of monologues when living in Italy with his wife, Elizabeth Barret. Dramatic monologues are the basis of the essay. I will discuss whether (or not) each poem "creates a character who reveals himself in what he has to say". My Last Duchess is a monologue spoken by the Duke....   [tags: Robert Browning, My Last Duchess] 3771 words
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Robert Browning And The Dramatic Monologue - Robert Browning and the Dramatic Monologue Controlling Purpose: to analyze selected works of Robert Browning. I. Brief overview of Browning A. Greatest Poet B. Family Life II. Brief overview of "My Last Duchess" A. Descriptive adjectives B. Cause for death C. Description of his wife III. Definition of Dramatic Monologue IV. Comments by Glenn Everett A. Point of View B. Tone C. Audience Imagination V. Comments by Terry Bohannon A. No Christianity B. Evil Characters Robert Browning and the Dramatic Monologue Robert Browning, one of the greatest poets of his literary period, was born on May 7, 1812, in Camberwell, London....   [tags: Browning Poet Poem Analysis] 1366 words
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Who is Robert Browning? - Do you think you can write 6,000 volumes of books. If you think it’s a lot Robert Browning accomplished it during his career. His volumes included works in Greek, Hebrew, Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Although, the early poet of Robert Browning creative life has spent in comparative obscurity, he has came to be the most important poet. A consist reader, Browning would later draw on his wide and sometimes arcane learning in his poetry. He attended the University of London but left in discontent to pursue his own program of reading....   [tags: Author, Writer, Biography, Personal Life]
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Elizabeth Browning's Life and Achievements - “No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship good books” a quote from Elizabeth Browning. Elizabeth Browning had a good early life. Elizabeth did not have a lot of education; she was home school. After the death of Elizabeth mother she moved with her father. Among all women in the nineteenth century none was held higher in critical system. Elizabeth expressed her sympathy for the struggle for the unification of Italy. She was an extraordinary woman who fiercely opposed the slavery where her family’s fortune was founded....   [tags: robert browning, elizabeth barret, poetry]
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Tragic Life and Works of Robert Browning - Robert Browning established some great works in the 18th century his poems had dramatic verses and a dramatic style. Browning took off very slowly but when he did he became very noticed in the English society and his hard work eventually took off and got noticed also. Browning symbolizes the dramatic monologue like for example, in his poem ‘’my last duchess’’ he gave out conclusions through his characters actions. Browning was influenced by many other poets and events that took place in the 18th century....   [tags: poems, author, industrial revolution]
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Power and Control in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Power is the ability of an individual or group to influence the behavior of others through manipulation, coercion, persuasion, or domination. It is the possession of authority over others and the degree of influence that an individual or individuals have amongst their peers and within society as a whole. Therefore, the possession of power allows for the imposition of one’s will in a given situation. Power is used by a person or group to limit or regulate the courses of action which are open to other individuals with or without their consent....   [tags: anipulation, coercion, persuasion]
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My Last Duches by Robert Browning - ... The particular phrase, “Oh, sir, she smiled, no doubt,” even borders on sarcasm, which leaves the reader wondering if perhaps the death of the Duchess did not come as a surprise to him; perhaps the Duchess could have been on her way out long before she even realized it (43). In addition to his strange mourning habits, the Duke also plans on remarrying quite quickly. In fact, his new marriage is the affair that sparks this retelling of events. The speaker is supposedly discussing these traits of his former wife with the servant in order to put the Count, who is the father of the Duke’s new bride, at ease about the safety and happiness of his daughter....   [tags: the duke, artist, masterpiece]
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning - Just as the object of Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” is a portrait, the poem is painting another portrait; a portrait of the speaker. The portrait the poem paints of the speaker –at first glance- is that of a madman: an irrational brute who slew his wife in a fit of jealous rage. However, by looking closely at the speaker’s words, examining the form of the poem, as well as examining the historical context of the poem, we can begin to see how the murder of the Duchess was not conducted in an emotional rage, but rather was a rational decision based on societal expectations....   [tags: Portrait, Poem, Analysis]
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Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning - Everyone has a deviant side to them. Sigmund Freud explains there are three parts to the mind: the id, ego, and superego. The ego is the conscious, the superego is the conscience and the id is the deviance in people. By using Sigmund Freud’s method of psychology while reading “Porphyria’s Lover” by Robert Browning, you see how someone who cannot control their id acts. In this poem, Browning uses setting, symbolism and irony to portray that the id takes over the super ego. The settings in this poem reflect the two strongest emotions of the characters: passion, and violence....   [tags: poem, signmund freud, conscious, ego]
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The Difficulty of Remembering Robert Browning - The Difficulty of Remembering Robert Browning       It is no great revelation that people primarily either want to be remembered or forgotten, they either want to be noticed or they want to disappear. And it's this binary that celebrities seem to struggle with all the time; constantly wanting to be in the spotlight and all the fame and glory that goes along with it. But once their integrity is compromised, they run and hide and declare their lives to be personal, out of view of the public eye....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Poem Analysis of Meeting at Night, by Robert Browning - Poem Analysis of "Meeting at Night," by Robert Browning Robert Browning's poem "Meeting at Night" is essentially a narrative of a man who is journeying to meet his lover. The man recounts his journey as he undertakes it, mentioning or observing different portions of the trip, each in turn. One by one, he briefly describes his surroundings as he passes by them, merely noting them as if they bear only fleeting significance to him. However, although his descriptions are unpretentious and abruptly forgotten as he continues onward toward his goal, each line of the poem contains striking imagery....   [tags: Poetry Poem Browning Meeting Night Essays Papers] 1337 words
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The Works and Influence of Robert Browning - The Works and Influence of Robert Browning Robert Browning was one of the most recognized and respected poets of his time. The Victorian period that he lived in and his upbringing made him the dramatic and intelligent poet that he was. His most famous types of poetry were his lyrical and romantic poems. Browning influenced poetic society with his dramatic monologues, long poems, and silent listener techniques. He can be compared to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson, other literary figures of the time....   [tags: Papers] 3388 words
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The Life and Work of Robert Browning - The Life and Work of Robert Browning Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812, in Camberwell, which is now a part of London. He had no real formal education so he was largely self educated. His father was a smart man with an extensive library. His mother was kindly, religious minded woman, who loved music and her brilliant son. He lived at his parents house almost until the time of his marriage. He attended a boarding school near Camberwell and spent a little bit of his time traveling to places like Russia and Italy....   [tags: essays papers] 1206 words
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The Dramatic Monologues of Robert Browning - The Dramatic Monologues of Robert Browning Consider the range of characterisation in Browning’s dramatic monologues and the poetic methods he employs to portray his speakers. Some are written in rhyming verse, use metaphors, et cetera, but for what reason. What is the writer trying to achieve and how successful is he. Robert Browning (1812-1889) was an English poet noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue. He was born in London, the son of a wealthy clerk at the bank of England, he received scant formal education but had access to his father’s large library of about 6,000 volumes....   [tags: Poetry Dramatic Monologue Form] 2236 words
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The Jealous Husband by Robert Browning - The Jealous Husband That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That piece a wonder, now: Frà Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands. 5 Will't please you sit and look at her. I said Frà Pandolf'; by design, for never read Strangers like you that pictured countenance, The depth and passion of its earnest glance, But to myself they turned (since none puts by 10 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; so, not the first Are you to turn and ask thus....   [tags: essays research papers] 880 words
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Writings of Robert Browning During the Victorian Era - The Victorian time period started in 1837 when Queen Victoria took the throne. The people living in England that were ruled by Queen Victoria at the time, were called “Victorians”, this congregation of people were also said to be very “stuffy, prudish, hypocritical and narrow minded” (Everett). During this time period, if you were at the nobles rank you were the very best you could be and everyone wanted to be at that rank. Even the literature during this time had a lot to do with social improvement (Everett)....   [tags: social, death, irony] 1152 words
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Robert Browning: The Man Who Perfected the Dramatic Monologue - Robert Browning was a very successful homegrown writer. Browning’s first work was published when he was only twenty-one years old. He wrote from 1833 till 1880 during the Victorian era. Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess, and Sordello are just a few of his numerous pieces of award-winning work. There was one constant in many of his poems, dramatic monologues. Browning’s dramatic monologues are not about what the speaker says, but about what the character inadvertently implies (Sutton 289). What has made Browning’s dramatic monologues so impressive compared to other poets....   [tags: informative essay]
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Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning - Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning Violence towards a woman who was once desired and wor-shipped by men appears to be a recurring motif in Browning's po-ems. "Porphyria's lover" is one of the earliest dramatic mono-logues by Robert Browning in which he explores the mind of an insane male lover. Browning reveals the changing thoughts and feelings as well as the emotional disorder of his speaker. The reader often perceives a gap between what the speaker says and what he actually reveals. The poem depends upon the reader's abil-ity to make inferences as well as to analyze the speaker's attitude towards Porphyria since he does not give any background informa-tion....   [tags: Papers] 547 words
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Robert Browning's My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover - Love is a topic that is known worldwide and is greatly debated each and every day. Although not everyone knows what love is, it’s is constantly incorporated in literature. All of the best poets and writers know how to utilize that concept and does it well. Jane Brody explains the importance of love when she writes: “When people fall in love and decide to marry, the expectation is nearly always that love and marriage and the happiness they bring will last; as the vows say, till death do us part.” One of the oddest forms of this writing is from Robert Browning’s texts My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s Lover....   [tags: sick love theme, literary analysis]
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Robert Browning's My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover - Sometimes poets can write the most absurd and questionable things. Even though that their writing is questionable at times, it is still worth the read. It makes you think about criminals in a new way, but sometimes, it can go to a more negative view. Robert Browning, a man who might not have had a teacher, self-taught himself in his father’s six thousand book library decided to become a poet. One of the many poems that he wrote, My Last Duchess, is about a man whose wife just died and he is looking into a new woman to marry....   [tags: insane character's in poetry]
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Analysis of Robert Browning's Poetry - Analysis of Robert Browning's Poetry Many poems must be read more than once to be fully understood. It is often that one may notice something that wasn't noticed the first time around. It is also possible for a poem to be read once, and have received the full meaning. Sometimes poems leave one thinking because the poem doesn't provide enough information for an affirmative conclusion. "My Last Duchess" provides examples of leaving readers unclear of the full meaning, and unclear of affirmative conclusions....   [tags: Papers] 1034 words
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Revenge in Shakespeare, Allen Poe and Robert Browning's Literature - One rainy, spring afternoon I noticed a flashing light and a loud, booming sound outside my bedroom window. I quickly grabbed my raincoat and rushed outside to see what was going on and before I knew it, blinding lights beamed me up inside a strange object. I had never seen anything like it and then it dawned on me that I must be inside a spaceship. Strange-looking, blue creatures appeared before me and began asking questions about human feeling and emotion. They seemed to be harmless, yet curious as to what I could tell them about revenge....   [tags: secret murder, tragedy, behaviors]
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Analysis of Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning - Imagine a mysterious speaker is sitting by himself in his house on a very stormy night. When all of a sudden his lover arrives out of the storm, starting up the fireplace and removing her wet outer clothing. She sits down next to her lover to snuggle and cuddle, laying his head on her shoulder. The unknown man looks her in the eyes, finally realizing how much she loves him. So…he chokes her with her own hair. Then opens her eyes and takes the hair from around her neck. Spending the rest of the night with her as if nothing ever happened....   [tags: Murder, Relationship]
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Macbeth and The Laboratory-Ancien Régime by Robert Browning - Macbeth is very superstitious –he asks the witches to stay and tell him more about his potential fortune and destiny. “Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more.” (Act 1, scene 3, line 70). During the first meeting with the witches, he is immediately intrigued and starts to process what the witches have said, ordering them to explain who they are. Macbeth is aware of the imperfections of the witches and how dangerous they are but yet, he wants to feed his curiosity and know more about his oncoming future....   [tags: compare contrast]
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Porphyria’s Lover a Poem Written by Robert Browning - In the poem “Porphyria’s Lover”, the author Robert Browning uses the ideas of love and sin to create a contradiction and uses this contradiction to explore the relationship between morality and art. The poem is much more complex than a perverse, frightening account of a man with the inability to properly express his feelings for a woman. The title “Porphyria’s Lover” leads the audience to believe that the woman and the speaker have had a relationship for a good period of time. When the woman enters into the man’s presence, she enters the cabin with ease and starts a fire; something a person would not do unless they were comfortable with the person and the situation....   [tags: love and sin, contradiction, relationships]
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Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess - Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” written in 1842, is an intriguing poem that reveals an unexpected interpretation when closely analyzed. The poem is based upon actual incidents that occurred in the life of Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara. The first wife of Ferrara, Lucrezia, mysteriously died in 1561 with many speculations afterwards that it was supposedly Ferrara who murdered her. The poem takes place in media res of the Duke consulting and arranging his second marriage. A portrait of the former Duchess is pointed out, and the Duke begins to recall her personality and behavior....   [tags: My Last Duchess Essays]
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Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden - Duty is a word defined in several ways by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It is used to denote “a moral or legal obligation; the service required under specified conditions; and obligatory tasks, service, or functions that arise from one’s position”. It is a word used to speak of the performance of obligations to others in some fashion. In the poems, “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden; “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen; and “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, duty to family, to a nation, and to ancestors will be discussed and its effects on the characters in the poems....   [tags: my last duchess, robert browning, wilfred owen]
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Robert Browning - Robert Browning Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812 in a house on Southampton Street in Camberwell England. This was located in the new Suburbs of London. He was born to the parents of Sarah Anna Widerman and Robert Browning Senior. On the night of his birth a comet blazed over England. Browning had one younger sister born in 1814 named Sarina. Browning was born to very liberal art parents. His father loved painting and wanted to be an artist. He also loved to read and had a library of 6000 books....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Robert Browning - The Jealous Monk Robert Browning’s, “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister” involves a jealous monk with much hatred of, Brother Lawrence, the “perfect” monk. Irony, diction, and syntax are clearly evident in this dramatic monologue. Throughout the poem the nameless monk is constantly expressing his anger and sarcasm through the use of syntactical irony. This particular monk is angered at a fellow monk, as evidenced by "If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence, God's blood, would not mine kill you!" which seems ironic knowing he is a religious monk....   [tags: essays research papers] 525 words
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Robert Browning - My Last Duchess, by Robert Browning, is an example of a dramatic monologue. A dramatic monologue is a kind of narrative poem in which one character speaks to one or more listeners whose replies are not given in the poem. The Duke is speaking to an envoy about his fisrt wife who is apparently dead. From what he is telling him, one can conclude that he is arrogant, domineering, and very insecure about his relationship. The Duke of Ferrara was a very arrogant man. He did not seem to care about the happiness of his wife, only his own....   [tags: essays research papers] 664 words
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robert browning speakers - West Comparing speakers: My last duchess and porphyria’s lover The great poet Robert Browning, who created the poems My Last Duchess and Porphyria’s lover, had an interesting taste for speakers of his poems. He seems to be fond of violent, sexual and eccentric people to narrate his intriguing poems. In his poem Porphyira’s Lover, a dramatic monologue, a man in a cottage talks of a woman who brings cheer to his house when she appears out of the storm outside. When the man realizes the moment won’t last, he kills her by strangulation and lays her by his side....   [tags: essays research papers] 651 words
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Critical Appreciation of Robert Browning Poems - Critical Appreciation of Robert Browning Poems Robert Browning was one of the great poets of the Victorian age. He was on born 7th May 1812 in Camberwell and he died on the 2nd December 1889. Robert Browning got secretly married to Elizabeth Barrett in 1846 and went on to live in Italy. Browning became an admirer of Elizabeth's Barrett’s poetry in 1844. He began corresponding with her by letter. This was the start of one of the world's most famous romances. Their courtship lasted until 1846 when they were married....   [tags: Papers] 1306 words
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My Last Dutchess by Robert Browning - My Last Dutchess by Robert Browning Robert Browning, one of the most influential and imaginative poets in our history, engulfs readers in a wave of dramatic language, and colorful character representation in the extremely popular poem: “My Last Duchess”, which stands as one of Browning’s most famous literary pieces. In many ways the tone Browning wishes to convey provides a dark background in which many impressions and interpretations of the Duke and his former Duchess can be assessed. “And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst, how such a glance came there; so, not the first are you to turn and ask thus” (Kennedy 16)....   [tags: Papers] 925 words
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Analysis of My Last Duchess and The Laboratory - “My Last Duchess” and “The Laboratory” are two very diverse yet similar poems written by Robert Browning within the period of three years. In this essay I am going to carefully consider the techniques, language and imagery that Browning uses in these two poems. I am also going to compare the two poems together and how Browning creates the voice and character of the persona in each poem. My Last Duchess was written by Robert Browning in 1842. The poem is a dramatic monologue. The poem flows as there are mid-line pauses (caesura) rather than the poem coming to a halt at the end of each line....   [tags: Robert Browning, The Laboratory] 1017 words
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Love and Rejection in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Despite the different eras in which they were written, T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock centers on a theme of love and rejection similar to that in Robert Browning’s The Last Ride Together. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, it is unclear whether Prufrock is really in love with the person he is speaking to in the poem, and this reflects the sensibilities that came with modernist poetry. Prufrock is afraid of rejection, and is on the edge about whether or not to confess his love....   [tags: victorian era, Robert Browning] 1284 words
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Pre –1914 Poetry Comparison on Love - In this compare and contrast essay I will compare four poems in detail and mention two in the passing to find similarities and differences. The poems and sonnets I have chosen to compare are ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning and Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare The two Robert Browning poems, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’ were written in the infamous Victorian Era whereas the two Shakespearean Sonnets were written in the Elizabethan Era. The styles of the poems differ in accordance to the difference of the time in which they were written....   [tags: poetry, robert browning, shakespeare, ] 1410 words
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The Role of Insanity in 'Prophyria's Lover' - ... Once he knows that she is not ever going to leave his side, he takes control of her in the worst way possible, which is shown when the speaker says: That moment she was [his], [his], fair, Perfectly pure and good: [he] found A thing to do, and all her hair In one long yellow string [he] wound Three times her little throat around And strangled her. No pain felt she; [He is] quite sure she felt no pain. (36-42). He ends up strangling Prophyria with her own hair, which shows that he is now in control and she is not any longer....   [tags: Robert Browning, poem analysis]
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Gender Inequalities in Victorian England: Robert Browning’s Porphyria’s Lover - ... The emasculation and submissive role the narrator has been faced with ultimately leads to the climax of the poem. In an attempt to preserve Porphyria’s love and exercise power, Porphyria’s lover strangles her with a lock of her own yellow hair (Line 39-40). The obsessive speaker then proceeds to prop Porphyria’s ‘drooping’ neck against his shoulder (Line 39-41), a complete reversal of his previous compliance to her controlling actions. This is symbolic of recovering masculinity from prior submission and depicts the male agenda of the Victorian period....   [tags: dominate women, gender roles]
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A Comparison of The Patriot by Robert Browning and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson - A Comparison of The Patriot by Robert Browning and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson 'The Patriot' by Robert Browning and ' The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson both illustrate two individual views on the Crimean war. 'The Patriot' is written in the first person using "I" which portrays the poem as more personal. It is written in the past tense and recalls the speakers' view of the war, whereas 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' is written in the third person but also in the past tense....   [tags: Papers] 954 words
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