My last dutchess

I call That piece a wonder, now:

My last dutchess

The poem is preceded by "Ferrara: Lucrezia was not well educated, and the Medicis could be considered " nouveau riche " in comparison to the venerable and distinguished Este family Alfonso II d'Este's remark regarding his gift of a "nine-hundred-years-old name" clearly indicates that he considered his bride beneath him socially.

She came with a sizeable dowryand the couple married in He then abandoned her for two years before she died on 21 Aprilat age There was a strong suspicion of poisoning.

Madruz is presumably the listener in the poem. Story[ edit ] The poem is set during the late Italian Renaissance. The speaker presumably the Duke of Ferrara is giving the emissary of the family of his prospective new wife presumably a third or fourth since Browning could have easily written 'second' but did not do so a tour of the artworks in his home.

He draws a curtain to reveal a painting of a woman, explaining that it is a portrait of his late wife; he invites his guest to sit and look at the painting. As they look at the portrait of the late Duchess, the Duke describes her happy, cheerful and flirtatious nature, which had displeased him.

He says, "She had a heart — how shall I say? Eventually, "I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together. He now keeps her painting hidden behind a curtain that only he is allowed to draw back, meaning that now she only smiles for him.

Although he is on his best behaviour, the Duke of Ferrara demonstrates many sociopathic tendencies as he recalls the time he shared with his now-deceased Duchess. Even in death the Duke wished to hide her away behind the curtain where no other man could admire her beauty.

The Duke then resumes an earlier conversation regarding wedding arrangements, and in passing points out another work of art, a bronze statue of Neptune taming a sea-horse by Claus of Innsbruck, so making his late wife but just another work of art.

In an interview, Browning said, "I meant that the commands were that she should be put to death Or he might have had her shut up in a convent. The Galileo Affair It is about two high school students who study the poem and argue about its meaning.On this page, the original layout is shown and then the first major extension is built, rails laid and fully tested.

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The trials and tribulations are described in some detail. "My Last Duchess" is a poem by Robert Browning, frequently anthologised as an example of the dramatic monologue.

It first appeared in in Browning's Dramatic Lyrics. The poem is written in 28 rhyming couplets of iambic pentameter.

My last dutchess

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