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AS and A Level: Other Poets
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There are two different views in which this poem can be interpreted, the Marxist, and the feminist. The Marxist view interprets the poem as if the Duke thinks of everything as his object, and the feminist viewpoint makes the Duke look as if he doesn't treat the Duchess as he should. The Duke's personality is revealed by different aspects in the poem, for example the rhyming scheme, rhyming couplets, makes the poem flow more easily, which leaves no gaps for interruption. This shows the Duke's love of being the centre of attention and being in control. The Duke also shows this keenness of control when he says the painting is of "my last Duchess", showing he treated her as just another article in his collection of art.
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Furthermore the use of the word 'Last' implies that there have been many Duchesses and that the eponymous individual is just the most recent, suggesting that the Duke may be dishonest. This aspect of the persona's character is confirmed later in the monologue, when the Duke says: 'She liked whate'er she looked on And her looks went everywhere' Here the Duke is challenging the morality of the Duchess, clearly suggesting that she has been unfaithful to him, showing his jealousy.
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The reason behind this is that she was flirtatious with all men because "she liked whate'er she looked on, and her looks went everywhere". The language techniques used in this poem emphasize the Duke's Last Duchess's flirtatious character. They also hint to us the themes of murder, jealousy, suspicion and the Duke's psychopathic character. The word 'I' is quite often used. "The curtain I have drawn for you, but I..." This means that the poem is a dramatic monologue. The metaphor used in the middle of the poem hints to the audience that he has great passion towards her.
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woman, I think the Duke was not sure if she was happy with him or just with her surroundings and the life she lived. The problem was that she was very easily pleased, sometimes too easily. Whenever I complimented her beauty she seemed to be embarrassed and her cheeks would blush slightly, she would only reply "Thank you" and as soon as she had finished speaking a glowing smile would return to her face. On this occasion I remember that the Duke was extremely agitated, he was very unhappy about me being alone whilst painting the duchess, he kept checking on me to make sure I was not getting on too well with her.
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too soon made glad". From the portrait sessions, the Duke, in what seems like a wave of emotion and rising bitterness moves on to describe the Duchess herself. His reflections give way to a tirade on her 'disgraceful' behaviour. "She liked whate'er / She looked on, and her looks went everywhere", this meant that the duchess was susceptible to all kinds of temptations and was equally happy of "thanking men" of lower rank and ranked the Duke's "gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name / With anybody's gift" such as "some officious fool" that "Broke the bow of cherries in the orchard for her".
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I feel that to paint someone is to capture and keep them as a memory, or to 'freeze' them as an object, in the sense that you can transform a person in to a muse at which to look at, in to a thing of pure aesthetic beauty, without the portrayal of possible protest or strife that may be present in true life. I believe the latter thought to be very relevant in the Duke's way of thinking regarding his wife.
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Robert Browning - 'The Last Duchess' - 'Write a letter to the count whether or not he should let his daughter marry the Duke'.
He said 'That's my last duchess painted on the wall, looking as if she was were alive.' When I heard this quote I was quite surprised, because he said that she was looking, as she was alive, which makes me assume that she is dead. I then started to compliment the portrait because the woman was amazing in it, I couldn't get my eyes off it. When the duke saw me staring at the picture he quickly dropped the curtain and started to talk about the artist who painted it. He described the way she posed for the portrait and I could feel the duke's jealousy because he doesn't like the way she is looking at the painter, Fr� Pandolf.
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It easily makes me become one of the listeners, the "you", in this poem, and I can smell some chauvinisim in it. The duke must love very much as we can see from these lines, "......that pictured countenance/The depth and passion of its earnest glance(7,8)." She must have bright eyes, and her cheeks are also charming. "...it was not her husband's presence only, called that spot/Of joy into the Duchess' cheek(13-15)."
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The poem " My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning is a fascinating poem exposing a flawed and sinister character.
The Duke refers to the painting as though referring to a living person, and goes on to explain the Duchess's behaviour. It requires little interpretation of the Dukes words to discover that his last Duchess was not only beautiful but charming, romantic and one who delighted in nature and the simple things of life "Sir, 'twas all one! My favour at her breast, The drooping of the daylight in the West, The bough of cherries some officious fool Broke in the orchard fro her, the white mule She rode with round the terrace" Unfortunately, for the Duchess she seems naive and unaware that her husband required of her a respect and absolute attention to him alone.
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The Duke begins to show his possessive and materialistic ways. "Since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I". This shows how he is determined and made sure that he was in control of his relationship with the Duchess. The "curtain" shows how he does everything for her and is control of her life, " Since none........but I". It shows that his whole life was devoted to her. The Duke then becomes critical of the Duchess and shows how he dislikes her joyful and easy to please manner.
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Further on in the poem, it tells us that the painting is behind a curtain which illustrates his unnatural possessive personality. Proving that he is in control, and also that the painting is for his eyes only. "The curtain I have drawn for you, but I" The Duke describes how people are surprised by her seductive, passionate glance, and he gets very jealous when people admire the painting. The Duke goes on throughout the poem describing his wife in various attitudes.
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In the first stanza, the tranquillity of the setting is established, with the imagery of 'a pillow on a bed', a 'reclining head', suggesting relaxation, and the line 'Sat we two, one anothers best', suggesting serenity and the intimacy of the lovers. This continues into the subsequent stanza with the elegant, and yet deeply intense image of 'Our eye-beames twisted, and did thred Our eyes, upon one double string', which apart from highlighting the apparent totality of their absorption in one another, also alludes the contemporaneous belief that sight constituted 'eye-beames' being emitted from one's eyes and illuminating your surroundings.
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Donne uses a variety of poetic methods in The Flea and Elegy XIX: To His Mistress going to Bed to show his desires of a physical intimacy with the woman.
It is also known that in drama there were two other ?actors? aside from the poet, which in this poem are the flea and the lady. There is juxtaposition between the flea and the woman as the flea is a disgusting insect that carries the plague which contrasts with the beautiful woman in which Donne wants to seduce. The first stanza discusses the flea and how it is small and of little importance just as the woman?s virginity is, ?Mark but this flea, and mark in this/How little that which thou deniest me is?.
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Satan?s pride was the main reason that God banned him from heaven. Some readers consider Satan to be the hero, or protagonist, of the story, because he struggles to overcome his own doubts and weaknesses and accomplishes his goal of corrupting humankind. Satan is far from being the story?s object of admiration. But there are some qualities that make him heroic and intrigued . Satan?s fascination for us is that he is very complex. Heroes are more complex, Aristotle argued, than the classical archetype permits. They are good, appealing people who make mistakes; they are people who enjoy favor and prosperity but who are inhibited and limited by a character flaw which jeopardizes their situation and forces them to test their own competence.
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157-162, I) Satan accepts that Hell is the ?mournful gloom? that they have traded for Heaven, ?that celestial light,? (l. 244-245, I) and that the mind is its own place that can ?make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.? (l. 254-255, I) Satan?s obdurate pride is shown when he says, ?Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.? (l. 263, I) When Satan spake, he was boastful as he stressed that they are still united even in their fall.
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Vaunting aloud, but racked with deep despair How does Milton use the character of Satan in Paradise Lost Book One
This interpretation of the dramatic role demonstrates Milton?s inability to place God in this position as it would be seen as heresy, and as a result, he could not feature as the focal character of the poem. Therefore Milton required the use of a fallible character to act as the protagonist, so he cast Satan in this position. In satisfying the role of the tragic hero and protagonist in his poem, Milton resultantly had to equip Satan with the necessary tools to fulfil his function as the poems hero.
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