strong dislike for another person is shown. Write about My Last
Duches a poem from Duffy, one form Armitage and another from the pre
1914 poetry bank.
My Last Duchess was written by Robert Browning and published in 1842.
It is based on a real person. Alfonso, Duke of Ferrara (1537-1597),
married fourteen year-old Lucrezia de Medici in 1158 when he was
twenty one. Three years later she was killed, possibly poisoned. The
Duke then arranged to marry the daughter of the count of Tyrol. As was
customary at the time, the marriage arrangements were arranged between
the Duke and a go between.
‘My Last Duchess’ is a poem in which the appearance of the poem is
different from the reality. When read ‘My Last Duchess’ appears to be
a civilised conversation between the Duke and a Nobleman in which the
topic of conversation is brought about by the Dukes decision to show
the his very privileged guest a great masterpiece and to recount
something of his previous wife. Beneath the surface, however, is a
ruthless story of ruthless power and the Dukes disapproval of the
natural and innocent behaviour of his naïve wife, who apparently does
not know the value of his great name.
The poem has a very abrupt beginning and appears to be one half of a
conversation. Browning opens with the Duke explaining why he has named
the painter, and that the painting is kept behind a curtain which he
alone is permitted to draw back. And when he does this it seems as
though the viewer is keen to ask why only the Duke is allowed to draw
the curtain, but is too frightened to ask. We also note he is not been
the first to question this action. We learn that the Duke is very
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...from Book of Matches.
Like The laboratory & my last Duchess, Hitcher is a dramatic monologue
in which a man confesses to murder. We notice that he is like, yet
unlike, his victim. Briefly the man in the poem has been taking time
off work – feigning illness and not answering the phone.
As this man drives out of Leeds he picks up a hitchhiker who is
travelling light and has no set destination. Some little way later he
attacks he attacks his passenger, and throws him out of the
still-moving car. The last he sees of the hiker, he is “bouncing off
the kerb, and then disappearing down the verge” – we do not if he is
dead or just badly injured. The driver does not care.
Unlike My last Duchess & the Laboratory the man in Hitcher does not
know the man that he has killed. He does not even have a real motive
for killing like the Characters in the other poems do.
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