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'My Last Duchess' is a love poem, where it describes about 2 people marrying each other for business or political reasons.

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'My Last Duchess' is a love poem, where it describes about 2 people marrying each other for business or political reasons. The poem is set during the Italian Renaissance. The person who is speaking throughout the poem or presumably the narrator is the Duke of Ferrara. The story is about the Duke showing a painting of his last duchess who he says died of a heart attack at a very young age, to an emissary of his prospective second wife. The poem tells us that the duke takes only 1 of the emissaries from the delegation and leaves the rest downstairs eating. He takes one of the emissaries and shows him a painting of his last duchess, Lucrezia de? Medici and he goes on talking to the emissary about her. ...read more.

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He also then talks about her being flirtatious and that he also accuses Fra Pandolf of flirting with his last duchess. The duke also explains to the emissary that she can easily fall in love with anyone or anything and also she liked whatever she saw. He also said that she likes everything equally, for example in the poem it says, 'Sir, 'twas all one! My favour at her breast, the dropping of the daylight in the West', meaning that a beautiful sunset is as important to her as is the duke's family emblem. He also considered her a very humble, ordinary person as she would prefer to ride a white mule and not a white stallion; this is mentioned in the poem, of the duke saying, ' Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule'. ...read more.

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He then talks about financial issues to the emissary about the dowry and he tells him that he does not have to pretend to get how much he wants, because of his generosity. He is then indicating the emissary that he is more interested in the dowry than in the daughter, and then he catches his mistake and says that prefers the daughter more. Then the emissary and the duke walk down together and then the duke shows the emissary another piece of his art gallery, a statue of Neptune taming a seahorse. This indicates that the duke is trying to impress the emissary even more. He is saying that something as strong as Neptune is taming a rare beauty as a seahorse. This indicates that he is saying that everyone that has power and authority must control all rare items and things. By: Abdul Rahim Altiti 10AA ...read more.

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