• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

My Last Duchess is about the Duke of Ferrara discussing with an envoy of the Count about his last wife who is now deceased.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A dramatic monologue is a poem where one person is speaking or thinking. It creates a sense of drama like in a play. There is an art to writing a dramatic monologue. You have to create a character that reveals themselves by what they say and think. My Last Duchess is about the Duke of Ferrara discussing with an envoy of the Count about his last wife who is now deceased. He tells the envoy about his last marriage and how the Duchess' depth and passion is shown in the portrait of her was not only brought on by him. She was "Too easily impressed..." by others and showed them the side of her she showed the Duke which in a way equalled the Duke with others. His jealousy and arrogance would rather have seen her dead than to carry on being his wife and her not fully appreciating his name. The Duke is a very powerful man. This is shown as he has a great position, not everyone is a Duke with a 900 year old heritage that is highly respected enough to have someone killed, "... ...read more.

Middle

...would draw from her alike an approving speech" The poem is written in the style of a single stanza with rhyming couplets. It uses enjambment and mid line ceasures, which disguises the rhyme and makes it seem like a conversation. The images of the Duke are ones of a power and control. He always gives cold instructions, "Will't please you sit and look at her..." He orders and controls fully his world. The Duchess' images are ones of freedom, nature and beauty. "the depth and passion of that earnest glance" By comparison, the Duke loves only art and things made by man and items that can be possessed by him. Porphyria is a wealthy woman who, even though it's heavily raining, will go to be beside her lover. He is not sure about her feelings towards him. It's as though he can't quite believe that someone like her would love a poor person like him. When she is at the cottage, even though a storm is raging outside, she brings warmth and cheerfulness to his life. ...read more.

Conclusion

When she bares her shoulder, she is trying to entice him into a show of love. "She put my arm about her waist, And made her smooth white shoulder bare" Like My Last Duchess, the poem is a dramatic monologue and set in a single stanza format. It also uses enjambment and mid line ceasure to establish the sense of someone's thoughts. However, the rhyme scheme is very complex and id based on a set of 5 lines with an A B A B B pattern "...night, ...awake, ...spite, ...lake: ...break." This makes the rhyme scheme unobvious when reading the poem, but it creates a subtle pattern in the lines. In My Last Duchess, the Duke is talking to an envoy whereas the man in Porphyria's Lover is thinking. This makes it an internal monologue. I enjoyed Porphyria's Lover the most as it has more passion and warmth in it. My Last Duchess is a very cold poem with the Duke able to shrug people off and be so clinical. Porphyria's Lover also seems to flow line after line easier than My Last Duchess and I believe it is the better poem. DANIEL OGDEN ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Comparison of “Porphyrias Lover” and “My Last Duchess”.

    The language used by Robert Browning makes the Duke and the Lover very similar although he uses different language in the poems. Both the Duke and the Lover gets jealous of the way that Phorphyria and the Duchess are living their lives.

  2. Comparison between Porphyria’s Lover and My Last Duchess.

    He described his Duchess as ' too soon made glad, too easily impressed'. She seemed to be happy about everything but the Duke does not take that kind of joy in anything, he doesn't experience what his Duchess experienced. He's not used to showing his emotions, but the Duchess has come in, showing him how much she loves life.

  1. Assessement of drama practical piece - Willy Russels 'Stags and Hens'.

    She expresses her love using s series of abstract ideas, feeling or thoughts rather than things you can see or touch. This is why the poem can be difficult to understand at first.the poet opens the poem with a question which she answers herself; "let me count the ways".

  2. Comparison between 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'

    her position as Duchess, or live up to the responsibilities that her noble stance required. In contrast to this 'Porphyria's Lover' is blatantly more open about what he did. 'Three times her little throat around / And strangled her.' Although the narrator has committed a crime, and he does realise

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo: Edmond Dantes' Positive Relationships.

    While Mercedes waited ten years for Edmond before she married Mondego, Dantes spent fourteen years crying for her. "Oh, Mercedes, I have uttered your name with the sigh of melancholy, with the groan of sorrow, with the last effort of despair; I have uttered it when frozen with cold, crouched

  2. Comparing between Freedom and Lady of Shalott

    As these tenses change so do the metaphors. After the comma the metaphor become the opposite and gives his feeling at that point. This is useful especially as the metaphor used is powerful and accessible. The strongest metaphors can be the easiest to relate to. One example of this is lost.

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream -

    Demetrius approaches the problem of his love for Hermia with gross arrogance, trying to force Hermia to marry him, "Relent, sweet Hermia, and Lysander, yield thy crazed title to my certain right". Helena meanwhile curses her love. Knowing that Demetrius is a thing "base and vile" she still has no power but to "transpose to form and dignity".

  2. Love in “Let me not”, “First love”, “My last duchess” and “Porphyria’s lover”

    strong which I think meant that it was love at first sight and that she is the only love he has fallen for. I think it seemed that he had never felt in love with someone as much. "Seemed midnight at noonday" This could mean that he was so in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work