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I will compare the characters in the four poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My last Duchess. Havisham is by Carol Ann Duffy, Kid is by Simon Armitage and My last Duchess and The Laboratory are both by Robert Browning

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Voices and monologues - Duffy and Armitage I will compare the characters in the four poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My last Duchess. Havisham is by Carol Ann Duffy, Kid is by Simon Armitage and My last Duchess and The Laboratory are both by Robert Browning. All four of these poems are dramatic monologues. They all give a strong message of anger and jealousy. In the laboratory and Kid they are both seeking to get revenge. In my last duchess, he has already taken revenge. In Havisham she wants to take revenge but it seems pretty unlikely that she would. In the poem kid, Robin is speaking about batman. Armitage uses the title 'Kid' to imply that Robin is seen as a kid and that Batman is an adult who controls him. Robin is seen as a very much exasperated person who, like anyone, does not like to be second best to Batman and dependent on him. ...read more.

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talks about how he probably killed his wife and it is easy to see through the real feelings he had towards his former wife. My last Duchess is about a Duke who has killed his wife and is telling his future bride's father's messenger all about his past wife. He does not give a good impression of how he treats women and hints all through the poem of how his new wife better be faithful and in his sight at all times. He also puts across that his new wife will not be treated any differently and will suffer in the same way as his previous wife did. You sense that the Duke will not be afraid to do the same again and that he does not learn from his experiences. My last Duchess employs the use of many breaks by commas or full stops in his lines. It shows his increasing agitation with the dashes as he struggles for words. ...read more.

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It has no particular rhyme scheme. The verses are all about the same length. The rhythm is regular but it is like reading a story as every verse carries on from the last. The laboratory is about a woman who has been left by her husband for another woman and she, thinking they think she's distressed about the situation, decides to get revenge. She is in a laboratory with an old man making the poison and is very happy thinking about them dying. At one part she starts to worry as it doesn't look like a lot. She says "she's not little, no minion like me!" this tells us that the woman he's with is probably very tall and elegant unlike her. This poem is a very devious and scheming poem. She was obviously hurt very badly to want to kill them both. This poem compares to my last duchess in that they are both very jealous people to want to kill. Also it compares to kid in that they both want to get revenge on someone that they were once very close with. ...read more.

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