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GCSE: Robert Browning
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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.
He then starts telling the emissary about him seeing the painting of the duchess as she was alive and then he starts giving the painting some life 'Looking as if she were alive' and 'and there she stands'. He also tells the emissary about the artist who painted the painting, Fra Pandolf. He also starts to brag about his painting and starts to say that no stranger can look and see the painting but him. He is also referring the emissary as a stranger however he is showing him the painting just to impress him and the delegation.
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The narrator of this great piece is a complex multi layered character who shows us the problems and conflicts within his mind. Browning unfolds the secrets of the narrator very subtlety. The murder is described with a passive and apathetic voice which makes this poem seem so unreal and abstract. The author touches the most delicate and dark sides of our mind and shows us what would happen if the was no conscious present or if it was understood differently.
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