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"Mad, bad or sad" With reference to this question compare the narrators of any two poems by browning which you have studied, pay particular attention to the poetic techniques by which browning conveys his effects Robert Browning was liberal and believed in freedom, he liked romantics and was inspired by them. He was influenced by poets such as Shelley and Byron. He was very religious and enjoyed theatre. He was forced to live abroad in Italy because his father-in-law wouldn't accept the marriage. He was a poet during the Victorian era. Personally I believe that Robert Browning shows aspects of being mad, bad and sad in all of his poems but I think he is more, mad than any of the others. I am going to compare two poems, "My last duchess" and the "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister"; both of them have their similarities and differences. To start of with "My last duchess", the Duke is the narrator of this poem, and tells us he is entertaining an emissary who has come to negotiate the Duke's next marriage, because he has recently been widowed. ...read more.


As the Duke and the emissary walk they leave the painting behind, the Duke points out other notable pieces of art in his collection as well. "My Last Duchess" includes rhyming pentameter lines. The lines do not use end-stops; rather, they use enjambment, sentences and other grammatical units which do not always conclude at the end of lines. The rhymes do not create a sense of closure when they come, but remain a driving force behind the Duke's gripping character. The Duke uses the force of his personality to make horrifying information seem normal, as many people would not normally mention past wives unless the person is obviously mad. Indeed, the poem provides a great example of a dramatic monologue: the speaker is clearly distinct from the poet; an audience is suggested but never appears and the Duke's character is the poem's main aim. Also by using a lot of syllables per line you know that the Duke wants attention. In the "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" the poem starts of with hatred immediately as the narrator being a fellow monk with "Gr-r-r" being mentioned as the very first word of the poem and one of the very last as well. ...read more.


misfortunes, but again I believe that the strongest argument is that he is just plain mad; because of how stressed he is getting and wants someone dead over tiny issues. Towards the end he is going to kill him in a monk's perspective and he is going to show him his "scrofulous French novel" which will damn him to hell forever, surely no-one normal would ever do such a thing, so this person has to be mad. In conclusion both poems "My Last Duchess", and "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister", both have the same ideas and morals behind the narrators as they both are jealous of someone and both want death to that person, in the "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" it is brother Lawrence who he wants killed however in "My Last Duchess" you can argue that he has already killed his previous wife. I also think that in the poem "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" the narrator is almost completely like the Duke because they both are fuelled by power, hate and jealousy. However both of them in my opinion are completely mad. Mukhtar Azam 10.O ...read more.

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