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Compare at least four poems from the ones you have studied where a strong dislike for another person is shown. Write about 'My Last Duchess' a poem from Duffy, one form Armitage and another from the pre 1914 poetry bank.

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Compare at least four poems from the ones you have studied where a strong dislike for another person is shown. Write about 'My Last Duchess' 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. ...read more.

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31-33 that it was good for her to show gratitude, but bad that she considered 'anybody's gift' with his gift of giving her his family name which is nine hundred years old. Frequently we find that the lines contain ellipsis, which helps to develop the poem how Browning wants, so that we come to our own conclusion of exactly why and how the Duchess was murdered. However Browning places the Ellipses, and develops the poem so well that the conclusion is almost exactly the same for every reader of his poetry. The Laboratory, like my Last Duchess comes fro the 1842 collection. It has a similar subject- a person who is about to kill her rival in the presence of her lover who appears to be romantically connected to the speaker in some way. It is in the form of a dramatic monologue, and again like the Last Duchess is being addressed to a silent listener who again plays a significant role in the poem. ...read more.

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Hitcher is a poem by Simon Armitage and is taken 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. ...read more.

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