If this is how he treats his wives, then it makes us think, heaven help the next female he marries! The Duke shows the representative a painting done of his late wife, his duchess. Browning's most famous collection Men and Women is composed entirely of poems written as Dramatic Monologues. The Duchess is portrayed as someone that is easily pleased. Their purpose is a bit different. Robert Browning alarmed his Victorian readers with psychological — and sometimes psychopathic — realism, wild formal experiments, and harsh-sounding language.
Epitaph-What would be written on a tomb to celebrate the deceased. The progression that we see is in fact a disintegration: a disintegration of the calm and measured showing off of the Duke, which he comes back to once again at the end. Second line has 7 syllables. With so many people living in such close quarters, poverty, violence, and sex became part of everyday life. I have therefore come to realise that. It seems that the Duke commanded her in such a way as to make her stop smiling altogether. He keeps her under a curtain, because then the duke can only look upon her.
Browning conveys to us that the Duchess could be easily impressed. It's all about the the duke's selfishness and pride. In Porphyria's lover the speaker is in fact the lover and in 'My Last Duchess' the Duke is the speaker. I feel that the era in which they were created in is extremely important, as I have frequently noticed the similarities between the attitudes towards human relationships and women which are illustrated in both of these poems and the attitudes towards human relationships and women which we know about during the Victorian age. The duke's loss of control is also depicted through the rhythm of the poem.
You can have as many sessions as you feel like you need. Gradually, his real character unfolds over the course of his speech. In 'My Last Duchess' the silent listener is the Ambassador for the Count, who is the father of the Duke's next bride. For people confronted with an increasingly complex and anonymous modern world, this impulse comes naturally: to control would seem to be to conserve and stabilize. The mid-nineteenth century also saw the rapid growth of newspapers, which functioned not as the current-events journals of today but as scandal sheets, filled with stories of violence and carnality. His rare book collection of more than 6,000 volumes included works in Greek, Hebrew, Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Now that she was put away somewhere, and her life-size painting was on the wall, he could be the only one to ever see that look of joy on her face, because he would allow no one else to look at the painting without his permission. In many ways, this is the artist's dilemma, which Browning explores in all of his work. Dramatic monologue has always existed as a form it was a standard technique in bucolic poetry in ancient times but the nineteenth century English poet Robert Browning made a special feature of it in his work. In his mind, killing her is the only way to deal with the fact that she smiled at the sunset. An individual may initially become very disturbed if an unannounced late night visitor knocked on their door, just as the Duke's unanticipated remark brought a weary feeling to the reader.
To sum up, I believe that both of the narrators in both poems have very contrasting attitudes towards women and relationships. His precise and scattered word choice is meant to make the reader recognize the underlying haughtiness in his speech to the Count's emissary. The Duke seems happier with a painting of her because he can control who gets to look at the joy in her face. That makes it more like the Romantic lyrics that came before it in the early part of the nineteenth century — stuff by Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley that are all about the mind of the individual. This makes the readers wonder why this Duchess is no longer his present Duchess. The Duke was not happy with this. The Duke then invites his listener to return downstairs with him.
This acts as a contrast to the first poem again as it shows the women was the one who decided to leave, undermining the old fashioned approach the relationships, where the female would have no say. He keeps her under a curtain, because then the duke can only look upon her. The poet is satirizing and exposing the culture and real of the duke, which the poet characterizes through his harangue. Or, perhaps a puppet master pulling the strings. And that is something you must never lose sight of in the poem.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning died in 1861, and Robert and Pen Browning soon moved to London. The word, smile, is tied to the Duke's suspicions about the Duchess' behaviour toward men. It is believed that he was already proficient at reading and writing by the age of five. I think Browning hints that the duke has a barbarian attitude which he gets from his German ancestors who came over the Alps into Italy nine hundred years previously. It must be taken into consideration that these poems would have been written in the 19th Century when society may still have been very patriarchal.
As the Duke and the emissary walk leave the painting behind, the Duke points out other notable artworks in his collection. Browning reveals that this mentality was widespread during this time. It must be taken into consideration that these poems would have been written in the 19th Century when society may still have been very patriarchal. So-called Victorian prudery arose as an attempt to rein in something that was seen as out- of-control, an attempt to bring things back to the way they once were. Burlesque-Takes a serious subject and tries to make it humorous Haiku- Three lines that generally don't rhyme.