Enjambment is when a line of poetry ends in the middle of a thought without any punctuation. Figures of speech used Simile: The first two lines of the poem in which the Duke compares his late wife to a living person is an instance of simile. This poem for me is priceless! In the same way that the age of his name gives it credence, so does he seem fit with a life of repeated gestures, one of which he is ready to make again with the count's daughter. One of those aspects, of course, being the treatment of wives by their husbands. Like the duke who coveted his precious artwork, Barrett's father wanted to keep hold of his children as if they were inanimate figures in a gallery. He makes complaints of how other men could make her happy with their gifts, for example the white mule. The duke then ends his story and asks the envoy to rise and accompany him back to the count, the father of the duke's impending bride and the envoy's employer.
There she stands As if alive. Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! She had A heart — how shall I say? 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. For example, near the end of the poem, the duke loses control. This grew; I gave commands; Then all smiles stopped together. However, while the absence of family and community ties meant new-found personal independence, it also meant the loss of a social safety net. We'll meet The company below, then. Nay, we'll go Together down, sir.
This is evident when Browning writes 'Somehow-I know not how-as if she ranked, My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name, With anybody's gift. Prominent literary devices Dramatic Irony: The fact that the Duke comes across as a cruel dictator becomes apparent to the reader with the progression of his lengthy speech while he, being wholeheartedly engrossed in a fierce criticism of his late wife, remains oblivious to it. . There she stands As if alive. I may not have that exactly right - I'm quoting from memory Fra Pandolf was the portrait painter but all persons, including Claus of Innsbruck, are fictitious.
A dramatic monologue, to paraphrase M. The mid-nineteenth century also saw the rapid growth of newspapers, which functioned not as the current-events journals of today but as scandal sheets, filled with stories of violence and carnality. The Duke did not like that she would blush at the flirtations of another man. As the Duke and the emissary walk leave the painting behind, the Duke points out other notable artworks in his collection. These details are revealed throughout the poem, but understanding them from the opening helps to illustrate the irony that Browning employs.
And yet he was driven to murder by her refusal to save her happy glances solely for him. It would seem that she was too easily pleased by everyone around her. She had A heart how shall I say? His unhappiness over the duchess' association with nature is revealed in the line 'I know not how-as if she ranked my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name with anybody's gift' 34. So you can visualize the Duchess as or as , if you like. She had A heart how shall I say? The Duke in My Last Duchess is visibly a tyrant, a neurotic who does not feel any repentance for the demise of his first wife. Who'd stoop to blame This sort of trifling? If it were read aloud in a creative writing classroom today, the students would probably shift uncomfortably in their seats, and the unsettled English teacher might very well recommend counseling for the poet. Yet, he is also a connoisseur of art, and it is this amalgamation of dual characteristics that makes his personality appealing.
There she stands As if alive. Lucrezia herself never got to enjoy riches and status; she was married at 14 and dead by 17. He asks his listener to sit and look at the life sized painting of her. The Duchess: It is through the expressions of the Duke that we get a glimpse of how the Duchess was in real life. Commentary But Browning has more in mind than simply creating a colorful character and placing him in a picturesque historical scene.
My favour at her breast, The dropping of the daylight in the West, The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule She rode with round the terrace—all and each Would draw from her alike the approving speech, Or blush, at least. In fact, the duke's excessive demand for control ultimately comes across as his most defining characteristic. The reader can only imagine the horrified agent rising to go down the staircase, the duke's uneasiness as he loses control, and his desire to regain control of the situation as he says, 'Nay we'll go down together, sir' 53. It seems that the Duke commanded her in such a way as to make her stop smiling altogether. But to understand the deadliness of the Duke's powerhouse combo of narcissism and misogyny, the reader must delve deeply into this dramatic monologue, paying close attention to both what is said as well as unsaid. Now that she was put away somewhere, and her life-size painting was on the wall, he could be the only one to ever see that look of joy on her face, because he would allow no one else to look at the painting without his permission. Perhaps he thought himself to high and mighty to stoop to talk to a woman, even if that woman was his wife.
Notice Neptune, though, Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me! After her death, Alfonso courted and eventually married the niece of the Count of Tyrol. A remarkably amoral man nevertheless has a lovely sense of beauty and of how to engage his listener. She had A heart—how shall I say? It also forces the reader to question his or her own response to the subject portrayed and the method of its portrayal. We'll meet The company below, then. We'll meet The company below, then.