A study of Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Essay

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A study of Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning. The first poem “Porphyria’s lover” is about class and control. A woman shows her control over her lover by seducing him to get attention, moving him to a position she likes and treating him like she is the boss of him and his possessions. The man eventually goes to extremes to get control and kills her. The second poem “My last Duchess” is also about control. The man is showing some important guests around his palace and stops to brag about his recent wife and how he ordered her death. Both of the poems are similar because both women in the poem were killed over control. The murders were deliberate and calculated in both poems though in the second poem the…show more content…
The poem “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning is about a very wealthy Italian Duke who is extremely proud of his family name. The duke is showing a group of important visitors, who are from the father of the woman he considers to be his next wife, around his palace and showing them his possessions. He stops at a large painting and draws the curtains to reveal a portrait of “ my last duchess” (his last wife). Later in the poem we find out that the duke ordered his wife’s death. “ I gave commands, then all smiles stopped together!!” The poem is a dramatic monologue told in the first person prospective. The setting of the poem is cold and detached and the words seem very unemotional. The poem describes the Duke as arrogant and bitter and the way he tells the visitors about how he ordered his last wife’s death tells us he is a very unemotional, jealous and dismissive man. “Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt, whene,er I passed her; but who passed without Much the same smile? This grew; I Gave commands;” There are many similarities between the two poems by Robert Browning, both poems are about a relationship not necessarily based on love but on power and control. In each poem the women have been murdered, the murders were deliberate and calculated and both due to control, power and jealousy. Both poems are dramatic monologues with a male narrator and seen from the
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